Ok, so first up is a choice, I can get google apps for domain, so my gmail would be contact[at]compassdesigns.net, or I could use my regular gmail account compassdesigns[at]gmail.com, and download email from other accounts into that account using POP3.
Possible to get $50/year upgrade that provides support and remove text ads
Need to mess with MX records
Email only exists on google servers (no back up)
POP to regular account
Keep a backup of email on your own server
Ok, so that clears that that up, its a choice between having ads or a backup. I’ll take the ad version!
Setting up POP on Gmail
Now all I have to do is go into the settings > accounts, add my other email accounts and create some filters, 10 or so. Now I watch as alll my email gets sucked in. For me I left the email on the (my) server, as that will give me a back up in an emergency.
I’m gmailing now!