I've had my own domain and email address for over a decade, and it's lasted me through a number of providers. Is there any reasonable way to use it with iCloud? It seems like iCloud is tied to a new .me email address, and it's not like I'm going to change my everyday email address to use it.
I have found away that I think may help you.
Background as to why I use it. I have a @me.com address and Gmail but my contacts only know my Gmail account but I wanted to use cloud email so it would sync properly across all my devices, MBP, iPad and iPhone and also have the push email that the previous Mobile Me had and iCloud has now
So what I have done on my MBP is this. I use Mail.
You need to go into system preferences and select iCloud...in here turn off Mail and Notes.
Now open Mail and select preferences. Then select accounts. Delete all accounts there.
Now set up a new account by pressing the + button. After that enter the details as if you were setting up to use your Me.com account and press CREATE.
You now go to a page where you can edit all your mail settings manually. In the first section of the page you have:
Account Type - This should say - iCloud IMAP
Description - This can be described by you to be anything
Email Address - This is the email address you want people recieving the email to see
Full Name - As it says put your name
Incoming Mail Server - If you want the mails to come from iCloud then use: p99-imap.mail.me.com
User Name: The user name of the icloud
Password: the password of icloud
**Note** In this section you are putting in where you want the mails to come from. In this case I wanted the mails to come from iCloud so I forwarded all my mails from my Gmail account to my @me.com address, and then got iCloud to deliver them.
Outgoing Mail Server: Now this is the interesting part. I have changed this to the GMAIL server on my Gmail account. I have done this as I want my mails saved also at my Gmail account so by routing them through Gmail this happens as well as recording the sent mails at iCloud.
On iPhone and iPad you just add iCloud and then turn off mail again. Now you set up a mail account using the other option.
1. IMAP Account Information - In here i put the information that i want my contacts to see
2. Incoming Mail Server - I put the iCloud information
3. Outgoing Mail Server - I put the Gmail server
So in short now, i get complete syncing of my mails across my 3 iDevices and have the extra back up of iCloud, but my clients do not see my @me.com (iCloud) email address, they see my Gmail address that I have been using for many years so there is no confusion for them.
I really hope you get all of that, this is the first time I have helped on here so am very much a newbie but it seems to be working for me.
MBP - 2009
iPhone 4 - 2010
iPad 2 - 2011