In this section we explain various email terminology used on this site. We have also tried to explain some concepts in a simple, if not highly technical way.
An email client is the software program that you install on your computer to manage your email. Examples are Outlook, Windows Mail, Thunderbird, Apple Mail and Entourage. Email clients typically download email from a mailbox and store them on the computer which the email client is installed on.
Your email provider is the company that gives you your email address and mailbox. This could be a webmail address, an address attached to a domain name or an address you are given by your internet service provider.
Internet Service Provider
Your internet service provider will also give you an email address and mailbox. Bigpond in Australia, Orange in France, Verizon in the US are all examples of internet service providers.
Webmail is simply email that is accessed via the web. Providers such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo are the most well known but there are hundreds of others.
Webmail providers are the companies such as Gmail Hotmail and Yahoo that give you storage space, an email address and access to your own mailbox or server.
As well as providing you with an email address and storage space, webmail providers also give you the software program required to manage your email. www.Gmail.com gives you access to the software program as well as to your emails. Most internet service providers also give you a webmail client, so you can access email when you are away from your main computer.
Gmail is the basis for the Easy Email solution.
We show you how to configure Gmail to act as a synchronization hub for all of your email accounts or email addresses.
This does not mean that you have to use a gmail address or change your existing email addresses.
Gmail configuration explained in the Easy Email Essential guides includes:
Once this is done you will configure your current email client to synchronize with email.
Gmail configuration explained in the Easy Email Advanced guides includes: