Email port 25 – This is the standard outgoing email port. 99% of the time it will be fine and set in your email program by default.
Email port 26 – This is simply an alternative to port 25 and works the same. It exists because some ISPs do not allow outgoing email which we believe unless advertised bluntly is bad business conduct. So we have set up a second port for people to get around their misleading ISPs.
Email port 587 – This is yet another attempt to block email from users. Like most spam blocking attempts blocking all ports for email other than port 587 really does nothing other than create confusion for regular users of the internet. But if you need port 587 then Web Host Pro can open this by request.
What are Email ports?
Email ports are specific communication channels that computers use to send and receive email messages through the Internet. They play a crucial role in the process of delivering emails between email servers and clients (like your email application). Here are the two main email protocols and their associated ports:
- SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol): SMTP is used to send outgoing email messages from your email client to your email server and then onto the recipient’s email server. The default port for SMTP is:
- Port 25 (unencrypted)
- Port 587 (encrypted, often used for submission by clients)
- POP3 (Post Office Protocol version 3): POP3 is used to retrieve email messages from your email server to your email client. It allows you to download and store your emails on your device. The default port for POP3 is:
- Port 110 (unencrypted)
- Port 995 (encrypted)
- IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol): IMAP is another protocol for retrieving email messages from your email server to your email client, but unlike POP3, it allows you to manage your emails on the server itself. The default port for IMAP is:
- Port 143 (unencrypted)
- Port 993 (encrypted)
For more information on setting up Email and Email programs go here:
These ports ensure that your email client can communicate with the email server using the correct protocols and security measures. When setting up your email client, you might need to specify which protocol and port you want to use based on your email provider’s settings and your security preferences.