Knowledgebase: POP3 E-mail Accounts
What is the difference between POP3 E-mail Account and a regular e-mail account?
Posted by Roy Petersen on Feb-15-2007 12:16 PM
A POP3 account is a normal email account that you use an email client (program) to download mail from. There are 2 basic types of email accounts, POP3 and IMAP.
Take a hotmail (IMAP) e-mail account versus a POP3 account you have on your account with Woollybear.com as an example. With your hotmail account, you cannot use an external e-mail client to check for new messages or send outgoing messages. Instead, you must visit the hotmail website, log into your account in order to perform these functions. In the meantime, you are subjected to advertisements, and the process is restricted to a web-interface.

On the other hand, your POP3 accounts are accessible from any compatible e-mail client. This allows for added functionality on your side (such as the ability to check for new messages every so often, create filters, etc.).
If you prefer a web-based e-mail system (IMAP), we also offer several of these on our servers, without advertisements. You can use SquirrelMail, Horde or Neomail (depending on the server your account is installed on), accessible through your Control Panel on most LINUX web hosting plans.

You can also use a combination of both if you prefer. You can check the email using your regular email program from home, and later check the email from work using the 'webmail' program of choice, if you like.