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The DIFFERENCE between forwarders and email accounts

 What is a POP Email Account?
In basic terms, a POP account is a "real email account" that you have created on your hosting account from within your hosting control panel. You assign the POP account it's own email address (for example: you@example.com - replace example.com with your domain) and you can then send and receive email to and from that address with that account. You can use the email software on your computer (such as Outlook Express and others) to operate the POP accounts that you setup. You can also use a free webmail service such as Gmail to act as your POP email client by following the instructions at this link - Using Gmail as your Email Client.

What is a FORWARDER?
A forwarder is an email address "alias" that you can create from within your hosting control panel, which forwards anything sent to the address to another email account. One example of using a forward would be this scenario - you create a forwarder in your hosting control panel called "sales@example.com" and tell it to forward to an actual POP account such as "you@example.com". Now anything sent to "sales@example.com" will automatically just forward to the "you@example.com" account. This is handy when you want to have several email addresses but only wish to manage one actual real email account.

Another very handy use of forwarders is that you can point a single forwarder to multiple email addresses. For example, let's say that you want anything sent to "sales@example.com" to be copied to you and 3 other people at your company. You would simply create 4 forwarders for "sales@example.com" and have each one point to an individual email address for you and your 3 friends.

IMPORTANT NOTE! - Forwarding to other providers and popular webmail services like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, etc... is NOT recommended. Back in 2013-2014 many free webmail services began implementing policies that make Forwarding domain emails to them problematic, and Forwarding to them can cause email service interriptions. For example - if you generate a lot of junk mail on a domain account and have it set to Forward to one of those services, they will likely begin marking your messages to other users as spam and you could run into max defers / failures limits due to the remote service rejecting your messages, and if you trigger max defers, users who send you messages during the remaining minutes of the 60 minute period will also receive their message to you bounced back to them.. Therefore it is recommended to NOT create forwarders to other ISP's and other mail service providers (except for very brief temporary purposes such as setting up Gmail to handle your POP account access). 

Click here to learn more about max defers / failures caution with Forwarders.

Click here to learn about using a remote webmail service to handle your domain emails. (The example used is Gmail, but other such services such as Yahoo, Outllook, Hotmail, etc... can also be used similarly).

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