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What's the difference between POP3 and IMAP?
On our system, EVERY e-mail account acts as BOTH a POP3 and an IMAP account. Really they are just two different ways to read the mail on your account with us.

With POP3, the mail is "popped" off our server and onto your home computer. There's no synchronizing going on, just copying of mail files from one place to another. In most POP clients, you can choose to leave a copy of the mail on the server, or to delete it from the server when you download it. POPPING is good if you just want to get online, download your email, and get off line again.

With IMAP your email client is constantly connected to our server, and doesn't make local copies of your messages. IMAP is great if you access your email from lots of different machines, since it keeps all the messages in one place. It's also good if you have a slow connection, because it only downloads the email headers until you choose to read a whole message. That's great for deleting spam by just reading the subject line! IMAP needs a constant connection to the Internet the whole time you're doing your email.

FYI, our webmail uses IMAP.

Also, your mail server for POP, IMAP, and SMTP (sending mail) is always mail.YOURDOMAIN.COM

Last updated: Nov 22, 2004.

User Post (2002-03-24 11:12:51 by endquote)
If you're using MS Entourage for Mac, you'll find that you get fewer error messages by unchecking the "send commands to server simultaneously" checkbox in the account options.
User Post (2002-01-15 14:33:38 by roguebuddha)
It might be real helpful if i could FIND the pop3 address. If I dont know the address, I can't set it up on my end...
User Post (2001-07-12 21:18:35 by phillbecker)
So, If I'm using Netscape to check email, how do I set up a new IMAP account at mydomain.com. I am not using any of my sites email yet, and I want to compare the pop3 to imap.
User Post (2001-07-11 10:01:06 by shmuel)
I would like some more details about the features available on your IMAP server. Specifically how do you handle subfolders - each server seems to do this differently. Thanks.