This guide is going to be an attempt to explain what email is, and how it works in a way that should be understandable to those with no previous technical understanding. This is not intended as a technical guide for running an email service, but more a primer on what email is.

I’m going to break this up into separate pages so as to make it easier to read and digest.

Email isn’t that complicated

Moving a message between computers

Finding where to send the message

Sending a message

Getting a message