Web Hosting E-mail Services
Hosting services should include e-mail accounts and e-mail services.
Hosting solutions should include e-mail accounts for each person in your company.
E-mail addresses should appear something like this:
POP stands for Post Office Protocol. POP is a standard client/server protocol for sending and receiving e-mail.
The e-mails are received and held on your internet server until you pick it up with a client e-mail program, like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. IMAP is another standard protocol for sending and receiving e-mail.
The e-mails are received, and held on your internet server, until you pick it up with a client e-mail program, like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
IMAP represents an improvement over POP because e-mail stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from several computers (a computer at home, a workstation at the office, etc.), without having to transfer messages back and forth between computers. POP was designed to support e-mail access on one single computer.
Web-based e-mail services enable you to access your e-mail via a web browser. You log into your e-mail account via the Web to send and retrieve e-mail. Being able to access your e-mail from any browser anywhere in the world is a very attractive option. Ask your potential host if they have this option.
Examples of web-based e-mail services are Gmail and Hotmail.
E-mail forwarding allows you to have multiple e-mail personalities.
With e-mail forwarding, you can setup aliases for other e-mail accounts like:
firstname.lastname@example.org should be forwarded to email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org should be forwarded to email@example.com
Some service providers offer mailing list capabilities. This is valuable if you plan to send out e-mails to a large number of users.