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Thread: POP3 = SMTP?

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    Question POP3 = SMTP?

    Hi all, I'm new to web hosting, and I was just wondering if POP3 is that same sort of thing as SMTP is? Does it effectively do the same thing?



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    United Kingdom
    No, pop is post office protocol where you receive mail, smtp is standard mail transfer protocol used for sending mail.

    Consider one in and one out, they compliment each other.

  3. #3
    Well to try and put it somewhat simple:
    SMTP = Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (send e-mails)
    POP3 = Post Office Protocol (retrieves e-mails from your mail server)

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    Ohh I see. Do most premium web host's provide both? It might seem like a dumb question, but I need to know for sure .

    Oh and thanks for the super fast replies.

  5. #5
    Most hosts will most likely provide you with both pop3 and smtp.

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    Ok thanks you three , much appreciated. I guess I can always ask the web host I look at signing up to, but I just wanted to see what was the norm.

    Thanks again


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Houston, TX US
    Quote Originally Posted by b1b2b3 View Post
    Do most premium web host's provide both?
    Yes. If they say they provide POP (or POP3) then they also provide SMTP.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Hi - and welcome to WHT!

    Many ISP's blocks the sending port for SMTP (except for their own server) so if you want to send e-mail, be shure to verify:
    1. Your ISP don't block sending mail using other providers server.
    2. If it's blocket, check that your webhosting provider allows you to send using an alternative port.

    More info about smtp can be found here:
    -Mr Bister

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    mail address

    If you are given a mail address by the host, then most probably you will be having access to SMTP as well as pop3 since this is the standard on all the servers with mail service.
    As mrbister pointed out, some ISPs will be blocking the default SMTP port to prevent spamming and unsolicited mails. In that case, you will have to ask your host to provide with the alternative SMTP port that you can use.
    Mathew Augustine
    Systems Engineer
    "Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it."

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