What is Email Hosting

email-hosting-300x300When it comes to the world of technology, if you don’t spend all day working on computers it can sometimes seem a little daunting when it comes to computer lingo and working out what means what.

With a little time you will soon see that expressions that may initially seem confusing are actually straight forward after a little explanation.

Email hosting is definitely one of those things that become clearer when explained. We all know what emails are and probably vaguely understand what hosting is, but what is email hosting?

Unless you live in a cave, the chances are that you use email, it may not be on a daily basis but you will use it. It has become a such a big part of all our lives that every day a multitude of email messages are sent and received all over the world.

On my previous post, I talked much about corporate email server or self-serviceemail hosting and how to configure mail server to fit with our requirement. It has an advantage due to the flexibility managing our services, but with the popularity of cloud computing technology, we may also use email hosting, both free or premium email hosting.

Instead of using free email which is supporting by advertising, you have the option of using email via an e-mail hosting service which offers you a premium email service. Email hosting services are different to webmail sites, and are used mainly by small and mid-sized businesses. Large companies will have their own e-mail hosting service. Ask your company what they use and chances are you will discover they have their own service.

Email hosting has an advantage that we do not manage all server configuration in our side. Just configure our mail client, the rest will be covered by email hosting, including spam/virus protection, signing/mail reputation and mail transportation.

But what does it offer you? Well, email hosting providers give a premium email service and usually will offer custom configurations, as well as a large number of accounts or as many as a company needs.

An aspect that really does draw people to using an e-mail hosting provider is that you an have your own domain name, which means instead for example having a very generic email like soandso@hotmail.com, you could have soandso@thingummy.com. You instantly become more recognizable having this. Further, to enhance your security and protection, the providers will give you any email authentication scheme you may want.

Email hosting is offered by a whole range of companies ranging from the large to the small. If you want to become an email host, yourself, you really need a lot of servers in order to keep up with all the functions you are required to perform. We all know how annoying it is when our email doesn’t work, so it is important to get it right. Email hosting providers offer a wide range of different services, so it’s well worth looking into what you get with each and whether the company will be able to cope with your needs.

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