Which webmail should you choose, squirrelmail, roundcube, horde
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On cPanel, you shall notice there are 3 different Webmail services, namely Horde, SquirrelMail and RoundCube webmail. So, which Webmail is for you?

Really, it depends on what you are looking for. But 3 of them have few things in common — some good basic email features such as:

  • Compose email
  • Forward email
  • Junk mail folder
  • Address book
  • Trash
  • Folders
  • Marked as read/unread
  • And more

#1 SquirrelMail (Dead April 2018)

SquirrelMail webmail screenshot
SquirrelMail Webmail Interface

For the basic functionality you need such as calendar,spell check, strong MIME support, address books, and folder manipulation, SquirrelMail has it all.

SquirrelMail logo

It also has a very simple interface where it lists down your emails. If you are looking for simplicity, basic read and reply email functions, go for SquirrelMail!

The Reason SquirrelMail Reached End of Life
According to the information from cPanel Blog, SquirrelMail’s last update was May 30th, 2013, with their last release on July 12, 2011. In that seven years, 4 versions of PHP have reached End of Life, and they have worked with others in the community to maintain SquirrelMail. Unfortunately, recent security patches have significant problems, forcing them into a choice. Exclude the security fix and ship SquirrelMail with known security flaws, ship a secure version with known interface issues, or attempt to fix the problems. Read the news.

 

#2 RoundCube

Roundcube webmail screenshot
Roundcube Webmail Interface

roundcube logoIf you are looking for appearance and easy-to-use functions, go for Roundcube. It is because Roundcube provides user-friendly and fairly intuitive interface for your emails compared to Squirrelmail.

Roundcube has the features such as markings, calendars, folders, full featured address book with groups and LDAP connectors, find-as-you-type address book integration as well as MIME support.

#3  Horde

Horde webmail screenshot
Horde Webmail Interface

For Horde, it is the most fully featured email client among the three, and it has similar functions to Outlook. So, if you are looking for email with more complete features, go for Horde.

horde logo

Horde webmail comes with features such as calendar, task list, notebook, address book, and more. The email management system includes support for advanced filters, attachments, spell checking, and displays HTML emails.

 

Now we are aware of the good and bad of the 3 email clients, how can we create an email account in cPanel? Let’s look into it.

Steps to Create an Email Account in cPanel

Step 1:

Log in to cPanel at http://yourdomain.com/cpanel
*yourdomain = the domain you registered

Step 2:
Steps to Create an Email Account in cPanel - step 2
Scroll down until you reach the “Mail” and click on “Email Account”.

Step 3:

Steps to Create an Email Account in cPanel - Step 3

Next, key in the necessary information that you need for a new email account.

Step 4:
Steps to Create an Email Account in cPanel - Step 4

Then, you just need to click the “Create Account” to create an email account.

Step 5:

Lastly, access your email account via http://yourdomain.com/webmail
*yourdomain = the domain you registered

Then it’s done! Indeed, it is easy to create your email account.

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Comparison of Horde vs. Roundcube vs. SquirrelMail

Below is the table to summarize the webmail application features. Choose the one that is perfect for your business requirement and the essential email features.

horde logo roundcube logo SquirrelMail logo
Version Horde Groupware Webmail Edition 5.1.1 Roundcube Webmail 1.0.6 SquirrelMail 1.4.22
Application website The Horde Project Roundcube Webmail Project The SquirrelMail Project
Interface type
  • Three-pane format with view pane
  • Mobile interface available
  • Three-pane format with view pane
  • Two-pane list format
Composition features:
  • Attachments
  • HTML composition
  • Spell check
  • Attachments
  • HTML composition
  • Spell check
  • Attachments
  • Text-only composition
Organization features:
  • Folder manipulation
  • Mail filters
  • Message flags
  • Search mail
  • Threaded conversation view
  • Drag-and-drop organization
  • Folder manipulation
  • Message flags
  • Search mail
  • Threaded conversation view
  • Folder manipulation
  • Message flags
  • Search mail
  • Threaded conversation view
Additional features:
  • Address book
  • Calendar
  • Task list
  • Event reminders
  • News feed
  • Notes
  • Address book
  • System administrators can use plugins to add custom features.
  • Address book
Recommended for: Users who need a full suite of features that includes mobile email access and advanced productivity tools. Users who need a user-friendly web interface with some additional features available. Users who need a simple interface with which to read and reply to emails.

source: Which Webmail Application Should I Choose from the official cPanel Knowledge Base.

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