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What's an IMAP account?
IMAP (like POP3) is a protocol for reading email.

It differs from POP3 in that you read the mail directly on our mail server, rather than downloading it to your home computer first. This means:

  • You have to be connected to the Internet the whole time you read your email.
  • You don't need to download messages unless you actually want to read them.
  • You can access the same inbox and mail folders from multiple computers since they all connect to the same central server.
Our webmail system uses IMAP.

Last updated: Dec 08, 2003.

User Post (2005-10-31 13:27:04 by chst)
if you're having troubles with having your sent/drafts/trash folders show up in apple mail (mail.app) this should be informative: http://whatdoiknow.org/archives/002420.shtml

User Post (2005-09-15 08:15:46 by jwatson)
Just for clarification... When using IMAP with Dreamhost you CAN create multiple folders (even subfolders!) on the server-side. For instance, I have a folder called "Family" with subfolders called "Mom", "Dad", etc. inside of it. No problems. Furthermore, the old messages that Dreamhost automatically moves are only moved out of the primary Inbox. If you move the messages to another folder then they will stay in that folder (i.e., if you have your mail sorted out into different folders on the server, they're NOT going to all get dumped into one folder after they expire--only messages in the Inbox expire). One thing I did notice was that when transferring the message I had in my mail client to the server, it tended to have issues with folders that had periods in them (always seemed to think they had subfolders when they didn't and stopped copying emails at that point). Taking out the period fixed this.
User Post (2004-01-20 10:03:03 by isaac32767)
I like IMAP because it allows me to keep my email messages in a central location. Unfortunately, Dreamhost doesn't want to support the overhead of large mailboxes. (Polling by email clients can cause a lot of disk access if the mailboxes are too big.) So they move old messages out of the mailboxes on a regular basis. I see their logic, and given their price structure, I can't complain. But it's still pretty frustrating. <p>IMAP does provide a solution to this problem. The server sends notification messages for mailbox changes, automatically. In theory, a client can monitor mailbox changes without polling. Unfortunately, this feature is not widely supported.