| Which Email Address?|
| Of course, you may decide to use your current email address, such as MyAddress@btinternet.com or MyAddress@aol.com, but would you want to receive your professional mail at your home address? |
We recommend registering a domain name for your site and then creating a custom email address. Once your domain is installed you can go to the [Account \Email Accounts] menu where you can create and configure the emails associated with your domain. You can then keep your current address for your private use.
| Read and Write Your Mail With WebMail|
| To read your email directly online using your favorite Internet browser, use the following address: http://webmail.oxatis.com|
Email use is very similar, in its global approach, to the use of classic postal mail.
To send a mail, you begin:
The same steps apply for the Web.
- by writing it,
- then you take it to the mailbox. It is then
- delivered by the mailman to the mailbox of your recipient and your recipient has to
- check their mailbox before reading it.
When you write a mail (Step 1) it is placed in your outbox (it is not yet at the post office!).
When you voluntarily dispatch your mail, this is the equivalent of Step 2 in the traditional mailing system.
Step 3 is generally performed immediately because only computers are involved and they are always at work.
Of course, if you don't make the effort to check your mail (Step 4), you will never know that you have any (a bit like if you never go out to check the contents of your mailbox).
There are several ways to send and receive mail. The simplest (but not necessarily the most practical) is WebMail. By WebMail, we mean the possibility of writing, reading, sending and managing emails through the intermediary of a specialized website without needing to install and configure computer software. This option is available through your admin console via the [Account\WebMail (Email)] menu, where you can read your email for EmailName@YourDomain.com. The same service is available at http://webmail.oxatis.com
Note that this solution is always available, even if you decide to use "POP3" mode (which is addressed in the following section). This is extremely useful when you don't have access to your computer (travel, vacation, etc.). All you have to do is connect to the Internet using any computer and your emails are available. There is nothing to configure or install!
As you can see, the advantage of this solution lies in its simplicity.
The disadvantage is that you have to go to the WebMail site to know if you have mail (a bit like going outside to check your mailbox). You haven't installed or configured anything on your computer. Therefore, your computer has no idea that this email address exists and can't help you by automatically checking to see if you have mail (it can't bring in your mail from the mailbox). This is what POP3 mode does.
| POP3 Mode|
| POP3 mode allows you to use an email client to create, send, and receive your emails. |
There are many available email clients: Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail (for Mac), etc. We describe the configuration method for most of these programs in the FAQ part of our knowledge base.
To simplify, let's say that you are going to explain to the program that you use a new email account and specify certain parameters (mailbox address, post office address, password, etc.) so that the program can automatically retrieve your email. If you have a permanent Internet connection (ADSL, cable), you can check your mail every 5 minutes if you want to! If you are connected through a phone line, you can instruct your program to connect every hour or every two hours. Obviously, this can only work if your program is open and it has a way to connect to the Internet. If your computer is tucked away in its computer bag, you won't receive any more emails than if you locked up the person who goes out to check your mailbox!
Google Gmail and Windows Live Hotmail now offer an interesting alternative with their webmails capable of retrieving emails from other accounts using the POP3 protocol. Your email software no longer needs to be running to retrieve your email.
How to Configure Outlook 2007?
How do I configure Apple Mail?
How do I configure Google mail (Gmail)?