All email addresses have form name@domain-name. The domain-name is a name that is registered on Internet, by yourself or by another company. Today it is common for all companies to register their own domain name and so all email addressed to that company would be addressed to someone@company-domain-name. For individuals it is common today to use domain name of your email provider, usually your ISP ,and email has form you@ISP-domain-name. So if your name is John Doe and you have an email account with Yahoo, then your email address would be:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email Addresses and email accounts
An email address is not an email account! You can have an email address and not an email account, in which case you would use email forwarding to forward email to an address that had an account. Without an email account you cannot access or store email. Email accounts are always linked to email addresses but addresses are not always linked to email accounts. Addresses can and often are linked to other addresses (email forwarding). As an analogy assume you live at No 9 bridge road (your address) and your house ( account) gets destroyed in a storm. You decide not to rebuild old house; as it wasn't very stable anyway, and you move to a new house at 20 King street. In order to get mail that was addressed to 9 bridge road to come to 20 king street you go to post office and arrange for you mail to be re-directed. You can continue for this arrangement for as long as you want, normally until you have notified everyone of change of address, but if your willing to pay you can do it for a lifetime. Theme based or Personalised email addresses Many companies offer email addresses (many free) with unusual domain names. Like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org you@Iluvyou.com. They can be very amusing and very easy to remember but maybe not an address for a lifetime. Lifetime email addresses Many of us use email accounts that come, usually free, with our ISP (Internet Service Provider) account. The problem with these type of email accounts is that you loose them if you change ISP or ISP closes. Changing ISP is very common, for cost reasons or because you move locations etc. Lifetime email addresses are a great idea just like lifetime phone numbers. Unfortunately definition of a lifetime varies! Usually if you no longer subscribe to particular service your lifetime email address comes to end of its life! My idea of a lifetime email address is an address that stays with me until I cease to exist and not email provider! So how do you get a lifetime email address? and what methods are used to provide them.
Purchase an email account separate from your ISP
There are many companies offering email accounts that you purchase and can keep and use for a Lifetime form anywhere in world. Many offer a variety of domain names to chose from and various email service like email forwarding web mail etc. The problem with this type of arrangement all hinge around fact that you don't control email address and therefore must continue to maintain an account with them, if not your lifetime email address is over! So why wouldn't you continue to maintain an account with them? There a many reasons for wanting to change, such as: * Price increases * Service is not of sufficient standard In effect they are little different from ISP email accounts, except that they are non-geographic.