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What is IMAP?



IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. It is a method that allows you to access electronic mail or mesages that are kept on a mail server. In other words, email stored on an IMAP server can be read and responded to from a desktop computer at home, a workstation at the office, or a laptop computer while you are traveling, and you do not need to transfer these messages back and forth between computers. This protocol works best when a user is reliant upon multiple computers in multiple locations.

NOTE: IMAP is available to users with the following packages:

  • Web Hosting Professional and Premium
  • nsCommerce™ space - All Packages
  • nsHosting™ VPS - All Packages
  • nsMail™ Pro


IMAP offers you:

  • Compatibility with Internet messaging standards, such as 'MIME'
  • Access to your messages from multiple computers
  • Access to messages without having to download from the server or transfer messages from one computer to another
  • Support for "online", "offline", and "disconnected" access modes
  • Support for concurrent access to shared mailboxes

Setting up IMAP is easy to do, and the setup is very similar to POP3 setup. If you need help to set up your IMAP email settings, see


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