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What is the difference between an email address, a forwarder and a catch-all?

Email is a crucial communication tool. Whether you need a dedicated email address, want to forward emails to another email address, or require a catch-all solution, understanding the different types of email addresses and their functionalities is important. In this article, we'll explore the concepts of email addresses, forwarders, and catch-all email addresses, and how you can easily set them up at to streamline your email communications.

Types of email addresses

Email address

An email address is a complete solution that allows you to send and receive emails. When you create an email address, you'll have a unique address (e.g., that people can use to send emails directly to you. You'll also be able to compose and send emails from this address to others. Email addresses come with their own inbox, outbox, and storage space for managing your email communications.


A forwarder is a special type of email address that automatically forwards any incoming emails to another pre-existing email address. When you create a forwarder, you specify the destination email address where you want the emails to be sent. The main purpose of a forwarder is to redirect emails without the need for a separate inbox. Keep in mind that you cannot send emails from a forwarder address; it is only used for receiving and redirecting emails.


A catch-all email address is similar to a forwarder, but with a broader scope. It acts as a "catch-all" for any emails sent to email addresses within your domain that don't exist. For example, let's say you have created only one email address,, for your domain. If someone sends an email to a non-existent email address like, the catch-all email address will receive that email and forward it to a designated email address.

Catch-all email addresses are useful in situations where you want to ensure that no emails sent to your domain go unnoticed, even if the specific email address doesn't exist. They can also help you track and manage inquiries or messages sent to various email addresses within your domain.

We make it easy for you

At, we make it easy for you to create and manage your email addresses. When you set up an email address, you have the flexibility to choose whether you want to create a regular email address, a forwarder, or a catch-all address. Our intuitive interface guides you through the process, allowing you to configure your email settings according to your specific needs.

Whether you need a dedicated email address for personal or business communication, want to forward emails to another account, or desire a catch-all solution to capture all incoming emails, has you covered. With our reliable email hosting services, you can ensure that your email communications are efficiently managed and delivered to the right destination.

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