What would be the best hosting option for good control over email and basic web capabilities?
Joyent (née TextDrive) just announced the termination of their lifetime hosting plans
. So, I'm looking for a place to move my personal domain. The main thing I'm looking for is IMAP email hosting with the option for web-based access and the flexibility to continue the approach to spam avoidance that's served me very well these last 6 years:
If the domain is foo.com, and my main address is email@example.com, I only give out that address to people I know. If I need to give my address to a business, I give them firstname.lastname@example.org. This way, I can receive all the email I care about, without getting random dictionary attack emails, and if I start getting spam from a certain address, I block only that specific one, and know what business was responsible for leaking the address.
I accomplished this at TextDrive with the use of procmail, though I'm sure it could be done other ways. I'm also familiar with the use of address tags
(e.g., email@example.com) to create throwaway addresses, but that's not a good solution for me since many email forms won't accept the "+" character.
I'd also like a simple way to migrate the IMAP folder structure I have at TextDrive to the new host, but since it's a one-time thing, I can handle some hassle there.
Strangely, web hosting is the thing I've used least, but it would be nice to have as well. I've enjoyed playing around with Ruby on Rails in the past, but this is a distant requirement relative to the email.
Any suggestions? I know Amazon and Google have some free level options, but It's not clear whether they have the configurability I'm looking for. I don't mind paying a little bit for convenience, but most of all I want to have a setup that I won't have to touch very often.