An email provider is the organisation that stores and sends the emails for you.
They also make sure that your emails get sent safely and securely, and work to make sure that you don’t receive unwanted emails from “bots” and unknown persons.
The two largest providers are Gmail and Outlook. Each provider has its benefits and drawbacks.
For example having a Google email account allows you to use all of the apps Google has made which gives you access to free online storage and Google docs. Whereas Outlook will also give you free storage and Microsoft Word online.
The best thing to do is to try both of them and figure out which works best for you.
If you have no email account, we’d recommend you register on both Gmail and Outlook, then when you sign up to any website you use your Outlook. This is because Gmail requires you have a mobile phone with a SIM, and Outlook doesn’t. So if you loose your mobile phone, you’ll still be able to access your account.