[TIPS] Are Email Forwards The Same As Email Aliases?

We recently had a user ask us if an email forward is the same as an email alias, so are they? Well no, but they are similar.

email forwards and aliases

An email alias goes to another email address that is in the same domain.

An example of this would be emails that are sent to yourname@example.com, could also go to yourname-something@example.com. You could give an email like this out if you want to easily filter email, filter email lists you have signed up for, or other purposes.

yourname-something@example.com is an alias of yourname@example.com

An email forward is when you setup email from one domain to forward to another domain. So, if you have a Gmail, Yahoo, or other free mail account, you could have those emails forwarded to your work email, or an email on a domain you own. This would essentially consolidate all of your email accounts into one, eliminating the need to check numerous accounts a day.

yourname@gmail.com could forward to yourname@yourdomain.com

We offer both services with our POP3/IMAP service. Starting at only $9.95 a year, you can easily setup email for your very own domain name.

Do you have email aliases or forwards setup? How do you use them? Do you find them helpful? Let us know in the comments and share this if you enjoyed it.

  1. Gavin

    An example by ‘snail mail’:

    Alias – Your name is David Soap, some call you Dave, you go to your post box and see envelopes addressed to David Soap and Dave Soap, both are addressed to you, but Dave is the alias of David (different name,same address).

    Forward – You have your house in the city, and a beach house at the sea. It’s getting close to December and you are heading for the coast on holiday, but you are expecting an important package addressed to your home in the city. You then have the post box forward the package to your beach house (Same name, different address).

    Domain – The same way your letters and packages are posted to your physical / postal address, your domain is simply your digital address on the web (address = domain).

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