Email hosting vs. email forwarding – the difference

Let’s imagine that you have just bought a shiny new domain name and you want the world to know. You could follow the well-trod routes such as posting to Facebook and writing to mother, OR you could setup a new email address and announce it to the world in style. The question then becomes, “which email option is best for me and how the heck do they work?”

Well, here are your options: email hosting or email forwarding. To make this tutorial more comprehensible, we’re going to assume that you’re setting your email up at Porkbun. If you’re doing this at a different registrar (a) welcome, you should transfer your domains over to us! (b) the concepts will be the same, but the setup process will be somewhat different.

Email forwarding

When you go through the incredibly easy, one-step process that is email forwarding, you’re telling Porkbun that whenever anyone sends mail to it should end up in your primary email account.

So, if I bought the domain, and then setup the email forward as shown below. All emails that are sent to would go to my work email at Porkbun. That’s a fully functioning email forward by the way, so feel free to drop a line.

Here’s the rub, an email forward will only deliver messages to your inbox. When I hit reply to an email that was sent to, it’s going to be coming from and the illusion will have been shattered.

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+ Very easy to setup
+ Free (for up to 10 email forwards)
+ You don’t have to worry about multiple email accounts

– You can’t reply with the same email address

Email hosting

Now that you’re an email forwarding wiz, you probably realize that email forwarding is like setting up a mail forward at the post office except more permanent. Email hosting, on the other hand, is akin to buying another house. It’s a totally new and totally separate email address. You can send and receive messages, store pictures of your cats, setup your signature line and more!

If you’re thinking that email hosting sounds great, you’re right! But you’re not done learning yet. Email hosting isn’t free. At Porkbun is costs $2/month (billed yearly). We have to charge something because, unlike email forwarding, you’re going to be storing data on our servers. All of those cat pictures and chain emails have live somewhere, at your gmail address they live on Google’s servers. With our email hosting solution, they live on our servers and that costs us something.

The second point to make is that email hosting can be a bit more complicated to set up. If you want all your email in one spot (whether that be on your phone, Gmail, Ymail, AOL, etc.) then you’ll have to get your hands a little dirty. You won’t have to go alone though! Here you can find our setup guides, which we’re always expanding upon. You can also contact us at any time at

+ Send email
+ Receive email
+ Comes with 10GB of storage
+ People will be impressed

– Costs $2/month
– Requires some setup

To set up email hosting on Porkbun, you’ll have to decide what comes before the “@” and you’ll have to set a password. Remember this password as you might be using it to log into your email in the future. Once you’ve done that, you should see this:Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 4.30.34 PM

The globe icon will take you to your email inbox, as will the link “” The person icon will be how you can change your password and the trashcan will delete your email address. Lastly, the information in the green box will be relevant if you try to connect your new email account to Outlook, Gmail, your phone or any other email provider. More information on that here.

What do you need?

If you want people to contact you without having to give out your personal email, make your company appear larger than it is, or don’t have any problem with receiving email from one address and sending with another then go with an email forward! If you’re on the fence, get an email forward and see how it works for you. You can always grab email hosting as well.

At this point, you probably already know whether or not you want email hosting. If you want to send emails with your new address then you’ll need email hosting.

As always, contact us if you have any questions! Have a great day.




Porkbun Email Client Setup – iPhones

So, you just setup a wonderful new email address by using Porkbun Email and now you want to send and receive emails on that account on your iPhone? Look no further! What follows is an eight step roadmap that will get your email up and running in under ten minutes. If, for whatever reason, you receive an error message during the setup process, contact us! We’re here to help and we’re pretty speedy about it. Ok, let’s get to it.


Step 1: Open up “Settings,” scroll down and click on “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”


Step 2: Click “Add Account”


Step 3: Click “Other”


Step 4: Click “Add Mail Account”


Step 5: Under the name tab, enter the name you want your emails to show up as (i.e. John  Smith). Then enter in your new email and the password that you chose when you created this email account. Once you’re done click “Next.”


Step 6: Now, you’ll be filling out the “incoming mail server” and the “outgoing mail server” sections. In the “Host Name” tab, enter in “” then enter your full email under “User Name.” Under outgoing mail server, enter “” as the “Host Name” then type out your full email in “User Name” as well as your email password under “Password.” It does say optional on those last two options, but they’re not. Crazy, I know. Once you’re done click “Next” in the top right corner.


Step 7: Click “Save”


Step 8: Pop some champagne because you’re all set up! Now you should be able to access your Porkbun Email through your Mail application. Again, if you receive any error messages during setup or when attempting to send/receive emails, let us know! Our email is