using Google Apps without moving email server
There are 2 other ways to use Google Apps without having to move your email server. I think. I’ll use my domain name (djchuang.com) as the example:
(1) First, setup Google Apps with the domain name (djchuang.com), for a Google Apps Standard Edition. After verifying domain ownership, then you’ll be able to login to the Google Apps Control Panel. Under Dashboard > Service settings, you can click on the “Email” link, and click on “Disable service”.[cf]
Then, each person on the domain would register for a Google Apps username, at a URL like https://www.google.com/a/djchuang.com/ . And then, these Google Apps would be associated with djchuang.com, e.g.
- Calendar, visit: http://calendar.google.com/a/djchuang.com
- Docs, visit: http://docs.google.com/a/djchuang.com
(2) The other way is to create a new Google Account with an “@djchuang.com” email address. On the page https://www.google.com/accounts/ , click on “Create an account now” on the right sidebar at bottom.
I’m not sure what the difference is between (1) and (2) above, since I can’t figure it out from the online help at Google Apps. Either of the options above will enable us to use Google Apps like calendar and docs, without affecting the current email setup at all.
Can anyone explain what the difference is between the two above ways for using Google Apps with a domain and without having to interrupt the domained email server? And, would the #1 setup above affect some of the email notifications that Google Apps sends out for doc sharing or calendar invites?
Aside: here’s 3 links to blog posts that give step-by-step instructions for hosting your email and using Google Apps with your domain: hanselman.com, smarterware.org, and htmlcenter.com — in other words, this is the normal way to use Google Apps.