Hosting & E-mail Accounts 

Website Hosting Of Websites & E-mail Accounts:

Website Hosting:

Website hosting.  Have you found yourself in a situation where you have no idea what it is but have been too embarrassed to ask but just agree with what is being said?  At Plattweb, our website hosting is second to none.  This short summary basically describes what website hosting is:

Web hosting is a service which allocates space for customers to showcase their websites on computer servers that are connected to the Internet 24/7.

Servers are powerful computers that have extremely large hard drives, or an array of hard drives. Space is then rented to those who want a "website presence" on the Internet.

Every server on the Internet has a unique numerical IP (Internet protocol) address.  You can think of servers as apartment buildings with unique addresses. Each apartment unit within each building is equivocal to space rented out for individual websites. And like real apartment buildings, each unit also has an address based on "the building" in which it is located.

When you rent a space on a server then, you're setting up house on the Internet. You can be reached by a unique address (the website address), which is based on the server's address. 

Plattweb does not claim to have the cheapest hosting available but by no means the most expensive either.  We take pride in offering a personal service, being able to show your website statistics (hits) at any time, show you which search engines you are getting the highest amount of hits from and to what percentage, daily, weekly, monthly, annually and for however long we have hosted your website.  We can even show you which countries your hits are coming from and much more.

E-mail Hosting & E-mail Accounts:

What is POP or POP3?

At Plattweb, we use three different types of e-mail account.  POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) is the most recent version of a standard protocol for receiving e-mail. POP3 is a client / server protocol in which e-mail is received and held for you by your Internet server. Periodically, you (or your client e-mail receiver) check your mail-box on the server and download any mail, probably using POP3. This standard protocol is built into most popular e-mail products, such as Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook. It's also built into the and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers. 

What is IMAP?

The IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) is a newer and modern alternative to the POP3 protocol. Unlike it, the IMAP allows the users to work with their messages in both online and offline modes. The IMAP-capable email client programs retrieve the messages' headers from the server and can store local copies of the messages in a local (temporary) cache. All the messages are left on the server until they are deleted by the user. This mechanism allows multiple email clients to access a single mailbox and is often used for corporate / business e-mails.

What is HTTP?

The HTTP (Hyper-text Transfer Protocol) is not a protocol dedicated for email communications, but it can be used for accessing your mailbox. Also, referred to as Webmail in some cases, this protocol can be used to compose or retrieve emails from your account. Hotmail is a good example of using HTTP as an email protocol.
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