"2 Types of Email Services: The Pros and Cons"

This article let you discover the 2 types of email service and which one is more suitable for you?

As you may know, email (Electronic Mail) is basic to the internet - a service that allows you to send messages/letters from one user to another.

Instead of traditional letter you send to the recipients house or office address, you need to create an email address (account) so that anyone can send to your email address. It is fast, so fast, that most email is delivered within seconds or minutes of being sent -- any where on the planet.

Basically there are two types of email services as explains here:

1) Client-based Email

Client-Based Email means you need a program on your computer and configures properly in order to read the email. Examples of email clients are Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Pegasus Mail, etc.

No matter which client program you use, some basic information you need to gather before you can configure your email program. You can get the information needed from the ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Here is the information needed:

  • Username - this is usually just the first part of your email address, but not always. Sometimes you have a different one and sometimes it is your entire email address. It depends on your ISP.
  • Password - your password corresponding with your Username.
  • Email Address - a valid email address look like this: support@GoComputerTraining.com
  • POP3 Server Address - this is the address we need to configure to get your incoming mail. It typically looks like this: mail.your-isp.net
  • SMTP Server Address - this is the address we need to configure to get your outgoing mail. It typically looks like this: smtp.your-isp.net or mail.your-isp.net

If you configures the client program properly, once click you can access the inbox rather than you needs to key in the username and password required by the web-based email service.

One of the major disadvantages of this kind of email service is that you may not be able to access the email once you are traveling outside your own country. This is because different countries have their own Internet Service Provider.

2) Web-based Email

To utilize the web-based email services, first you need to register to get a free account. To start the process, you have to log-in with a USERNAME/LOGIN ID and PASSWORD. Then you have full control to send, receive, forward, reply and delete your email files.

Some of the well-known free web-based email services are:

  • Yahoo.com
  • Gmail.com
  • MSN.com

The advantage of web-based email services is that you can check your mail from any computer that is connected to the internet. It can be your own laptop, or your office computer, on-site or off-site. All of your email files are stored on the web-based server.

Because of this, the web-based email services are very popular and widely used especially for those that are always traveling. Most experience users have multiple accounts that used for different purposes.

For younger generations, they use the web-based email services not only for normal emailing but also for instant messaging that often not available through client-based email services.

So, now you already know the advantages and disadvantages of both types of email services. I strongly encourage you to get the web-based email service as it's free. If you need, you can also get another client-based email service.

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