Currently I have my own domain name registered with plus.net primarily for the purposes of e-mail. For my own e-mail address I currently have forwarding set up to my gmail account. My wife and children currently have mailboxes with plus.net and access their e-mail directly from plus.net servers (but using my domain name).
We may be moving soon and at the new house ADSL speeds are very slow, but cable via Virgin is available. In case I want to move to Virgin, I would like to move my e-mail away from Plus.net and host with Google apps (which appears to do what I want for free - is this correct?).
If possible I would like move in stages - i.e. move my e-mail account directly to google apps, but redirect the mail back to my plus.net account for the other accounts in the interim until I get them all set up on Gmail accounts. Is this possible?
The domain was originally registered with 123reg. Should I transfer the domain back to them first? Am I likely to lose e-mails in the process? If I tried to make the changes over the weekend would that work? Is there a step-by-step guide anywhere that will help me?
All help gratefully received!