This article teaches some email basics - what are mailboxes and forwards, how to create or delete each one and some options associated with both, as well as the catch-all option. This article also covers basic email restrictions - email size, how many emails can be sent out during a given time period, and so forth.
For assistance regarding configuring POP/IMAP email for an Email Client, iPhone/iPad, or Android device, please refer to the appropriate article:
- Configuring an Email Client for your FatCow POP/IMAP mailbox
- Configuring an iPhone/iPad for your FatCow POP/IMAP mailbox
- Configuring an Android device for your FatCow POP/IMAP mailbox
An email address is a label that usually identifies a mailbox where email can be sent. Email addresses have the format: name@domainname - for example, firstname.lastname@example.org. Each email address is unique, much like a regular postal address.
An email mailbox is an area on a network where email is received, stored and retrieved. An email address identifies the mailbox. Each hosting account has a designated number of available mailboxes, which have a defined amount of storage/disk space.
An email forward, (also known as a forwarding-only address or email alias) is an email address that acts as a kind of relay station. Mail that reaches the forward is routed to one or more destination email addresses.
Forwards give you the ability to create targeted email addresses like "email@example.com." On FatCow, forwards can route to mailboxes, external email addresses or lists of email addresses. Forwards do not store messages as mailboxes do; therefore, they do not have storage limits. You can create an unlimited number of forwards.
The catch-all option determines what to do with email sent to non-existent mailboxes on your domain. Sometimes this occurs as an error - someone trying to reach you misspells an address at your domain. However, most frequently, this email is sent by spammers or others with malicious intent. The catch-all option applies to all mailboxes in your account, and allows you to protect yourself.