Local backups, account backups and continuous backup are all useful ways to preserve your e-mail history.
Mozilla Thunderbird will be used for this example but other mail clients like Outlook or Mac Mail have similar options.
Drag e-mail messages and folders to the Local folder.
If you have a full account backup, e-mail is backed up in it. To access saved emails in a full account backup, follow these instructions:
The methods described below expose text files that contain the stored emails. The files can be read with a text editor but a much more familiar view is gained by importing them into a mail client. You can easily add a versatile import (and export) component to Thunderbird with the ImportExportTools addon for Thunderbird.
Dropmysite is a continuous offsite backup system for files, databases, and e-mail. It is offered as an addon to many A2 Hosting packages. With Dropmysite you can restore e-mails individually or in a group. To read more about Dropmysite, see these articles.
An e-mail forwarder can send a copy of every e-mail received to another email address to create a continuous backup of all mails received. Forwarders will not automatically backup your sent mails but you can include the backup e-mail address as a BCC on all mail sent to have a complete backup. Some e-mail clients include a feature to automatically make a copy of every sent mail.
See this article to learn how to configure an e-mail forwarder in Plesk.
See this article to learn how to configure an e-mail forwarder in cPanel.
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