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SquirrelMail Support (webmail)

Started by Dynaweb, February 28, 2012, 06:15:37 PM

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Update Feb 20, 2020

Due to lack of support and increased adoption of alternative webmail systems (RoundCube, Horde) the offering of SquirrelMail is being suspended.


HostNed is pleased to now offer full support for SquirrelMail (on Linux Cpanel accounts)!

What is SquirrelMail you ask?  Well, it's WebMail for nuts!
Quote from: undefinedSquirrelMail is a standards-based webmail package written in PHP. It includes built-in pure PHP support for the IMAP and SMTP protocols, and all pages render in pure HTML 4.0 (with no JavaScript required) for maximum compatibility across browsers. It has very few requirements and is very easy to configure and install. SquirrelMail has all the functionality you would want from an email client, including strong MIME support, address books, and folder manipulation.

You will now find SquirrelMail available in your webmail login as an optional alternative to Horde and RoundCube.  Personally, Squirrel Mail is now my favorite option -- more features than RoundCube and more reliable (more compatible with a variety of browsers and clients) than Horde.

For those customers on Linux Cpanel (nice choice BTW) you can reach your webmail at the following locations:    (Standard)  (Secure SSL)
(Of course replace "" with your actual domain name)

What's the deal with WebMail?  Why is it so great?

Well, webmail is not hosted locally (like Outlook, Apple Mail, Eudora, Thunder Bird, etc...).  Now, there is nothing wrong with these mail clients per se... especially for businesses.  These local email programs are chock full of features and are very trusted.  The problems arise when you want to access your email from a remote location.  Say you are on your laptop or are traveling and at a hotel "business center".  These programs are not directly accessible from there and even if your IT department has gone through the rigors of making your email "remotely available", it can still be a PITA to access and "sync" all the time.

OK, so webmail has been around for quite some time now, but many businesses shy away from it due to lack of features.  There are third party webmail provider like Gmail, YahooMail, AOL Mail, etc... but there are security, spyware, and adware issues to contend with with those.

So you have your own domain, your own hosting, plenty of space and pre-installed web-based email options, so why not?  Well, webmail admittedly did have some catching up to do ... and it has ... finally.

Horde has been around for eons.  It has a numerous amount of features, but it uses some complex JavaScript which may not work on all web browsers.  The option that has caught up to Horde (and surpassed it IMO) is SquirrelMail.

OK, now on to the list of cool features available in this webmail option has to offer:

- Access to your email from anywhere (unlike Outlook, ThunderBird, Apple Mail, Eudora, etc...)
- Numerous configurable options like email drafts, signature lines,
- Address Book - For keeping track of all your contacts.
- Custom Folders - To help you stay organized.
- Templates - Over 50 different color schemes to choose from.
- Calendar to help manage your time and appointments.
- Fetch mail from external sources (POP3).
- Automatically check mail.
- Automatically purge trash.
- Automatically filter messages to different folders based on custom rules.
- Report SPAM with built-in SpamCop reporting.
- Set custom SPAM filtering rules.
- Avoid SPAMMERS with image filtering and custom rules.
- Translate foreign language text.

And much, much more...

Waiting for a screenshot?  Well breathe! (see attached)