I receive my email through gmail through a domain name for a website I have (but I haven't actually built the site proper) - the domain is: www.synthesis-project.com. I can't really talk at a technical level myself. This has been handled by a friend of mine who is now in Canada and who keeps up the domain name for me every year.
I also use a standard mailer to actually handle my emails in my MacBook. I always access gmail and at the same time the mailer, so I can use either, just as I can use my phone to handle email too, where gmail is synced.
Is this enough information?
I have a password XXXXX gmail every now and then asks me for in order to access email. But I don't think I have the level of information you need.
Actually I was just emailing my friend Roland Tanner who set up this system, so I'll see if he can provide this information.
The problem is that I may not be able to get hold of him immediately.
It might help if I copy you the email I sent him:
"Hi Roland, I am onto one of these 'experts' Google allow one to access and of course they keep asking me to sign up for monthly contracts. But meanwhile I thought I will mention this problem to yourself.
Well, I clicked on the link you provided and it took me there (unless I am there already!) and I have just received an email from my Dad's iPad which I tried to send 2 days ago and which the iPad told me at lunch had 'failed'.
Now a message has come in from Roland Tanner in Canada:
It may take a while to come back. I'm getting your emails, but it is not an absolute thing. The DNS records will take a while to recover.Again - this is my fault. I had forgotten that that was an active domain.Roland"
So this may explain the problem! Please bill me for the ? $28 or whatever it was, Mr Rath, and thanks for your efforts. It sounds as though Roland is going to handle the situation from now on!
All the best to you wherever you are! I have some problems like this from time to time, sometimes the explanations are not so paranoid! But sometimes they are! Rod