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Email hosting is a Web or Internet hosting service which rents out and operates email servers. Email hosting services are usually premium services which differ from the typical free webmail sites such as Yahoo and Google. These hosting providers cater to more demanding users like high-email-traffic small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that require their own domain name in order to distinguish them more. The typical hosted business email address is in the format of firstname.lastname@example.org. Larger enterprises usually host their own email servers and forgo email hosting services.
Most email hosting service providers offer advanced email solutions compared to free webmail solutions and host them on dedicated email platforms. The provider manages the user’s domain name, including security email authentication schemes like filtering, replication and rerouting. Different service providers offer different technology and services according to the demographic they are targeting, so some are more geared towards security while others are more geared towards email management and filtering. Free webmail are usually basic POP3-based email while hosting services use customized open-source applications like SquirrelMail, RoundCube or Horde.