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WebMail vs Email Clients


  • Webmail is a web-based mail access that allows you to check your mail from the Internet anywhere in the world.
  • From the Internet Explorer address/URL bar, key in "http://mail.<your domain name>" and press enter. (For example, if your domain is wmasia.net, your Webmail access address is "http://mail.wmasia.net")
  • Enter your email address and password and click on 'logon'.
  • From there, you will be able to check your mails and to send out mails.
  • Webmail works in such a way that you are accessing your mail account directly from the server.
  • Only Webmail access allows you to set some of the personal settings for your email account like changing password, setting of mail forwarding info, etc because webmail is accessing your email server directly and can reflect the changes to the server.
  • Once you logout and uses other PC to login again, you will realise that the all the emails are still there. This is because the Webmail access is accessing directly to your email server.
  • Once you downloaded your mails into an Email Clients (e.g. Outlook Express), all the mails will be downloaded into your own PC. When you try to login into webmail again, you will realise that the mails are no longer there. This is because the mails are already downloaded from the server into your own PC.

Email Client

  • Email Clients are software that allows you to retrieve all your mails from the server into your own PC. You will be able to view all the emails in the Email Client because the mails are residing and stored in your harddisk.
  • Examples of Email Clients are Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, etc.
  • You will need to configure the email client (e.g. Incoming mail server, Outgoing mail server, etc)so that the software can retrieve the mails from the server.
  • When all your mails have been downloaded into your own PC, the email server will have no more mails. So, therefore when you login into Webmail, you see that there is no more mail.

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