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Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by nhouse, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. nhouse

    nhouse Guest

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    Hello People!

    I have read a lot of posts here about the how, why and should we use a different webmail program than Horde. I am more used to SquirrellMail because of a former server setup and I kind of like it... but I am not sure about how practical it may be to try and remove Horde as the webmail client. I will say this... I would like to have a webmail client to use IMAP folders.

    Please take a moment and share your experiences, insight about using a different webmail client... with these points in mind:
    • Your personal preference in a webmail client... focusing on user friendliness and available features.
    • The ease of "replacing" Horde and instituting a different webmail client in it's place.
    • "If" you have installed the 4PSA products... Clean Server and SpamGuardian (and I have), does this make switching more difficult?
    • Have you had experiences with preformatted "skin sets" from places like !http://www.nutsmail.com or http://www.razorskins.com ? If so, what was your experience with them?
    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!
     
  2. sieb@

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    We use a customized version of Uebimiau. Its just a drop in POP3 client. But I am load testing @Mail currently as a replacement for Uebi this fall.

    I don't advice "replacing" Horde, its easy to disable it and keep it on hand as something to fall back on.
     
  3. jamesyeeoc

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    I have noticed that many hosts are now offering multiple simultaneous IMAP clients, usually Horde/IMP, SquirrelMail, and NeoMail. All 3 are integrated and the mail user can pick and choose at will which one (not sure how), but I do have a number of consulting clients who now have this option at different hosts.

    I agree, I would not uninstall Horde/IMP, I would just leave it or disable it, just in case.

    4PSA's CleanServer and SGuardian work at a different level and should not care what webmail package you choose to run.

    As to SquirrelMail, the last time I installed it on a Plesk server while Horde was still active, it replaced the redirect for webmail.domain.com to itself, so that was rather a nice thing, I didn't have to do anything to Horde/IMP at all. Luckily this was on a test server, I had forgotten I had installed SM and when I browsed to webmail.domain.com, SM came up and I thought I was going 'nuts' (pun intended).

    User friendliness - I have seen posts by some that say SquirrelMail is much better than Horde. To me they both look the same. I guess it all depends on if you stick with the default 'skin' or customize it.

    I keep meaning to try uebimau since the time I saw seib's first post about it, but haven't found the time.... nor for testing NeoMail either....
     
  4. nhouse

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    Thanks for the input... I suppose what I would really like to do is have a webmail client that looks more like the Plesk interface... personally, I don't really like the techno look of Horde. I think the "skin" that nutsmail.com is showing off just caught my attention... well, more comments welcome from everyone....

    ...anyone tried customizing Horde? If I did get it "skinned" the way I like... would updates to Plesk wipe out the custom stuff?
     
  5. Cranky

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    Yes, it would typically overwrite changes.
     
  6. steve0

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    Check this new thread:
    http://forum.sw-soft.com/showthread.php?threadid=26091
     
  7. ProfiTiger

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    My preffered webmailer is openwebmail (http://openwebmail.org/), an extended version/derivate of neomail. It looks great (modern skins...), is easy to configure, has all inside you wish (adress-book, calendar, webdisk, support for different languages, fetching mails from other pop3-accounts, autoresponder, forwarder and much more).
    The only problem (from http://openwebmail.org/openwebmail/doc/faq.txt):
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    Q: Does Open WebMail support maildir and vpop3mail user by Qmail?
    A: The official release does still not support maildir, however,
    Laurent Frigault, lfrigault.AT.users.sourceforge.net has made patched
    Open WebMail 2.01 to support maildir. It is available at
    http://www.agneau.org/openwebmail/openwebmail-2.01-storage-20031027.tgz

    Q: Will maildir be merged to official release of Open WebMail?
    A: Yes, but we need to reorganization the code of openwebmail first
    so the maildir patch could be merged into smoothly.
    This would take some time...
    ---------------------------------------------

    The patched version as rather old and not running on my plesk-box. We use owm on our "old" Sun Raq4, but I could not bring it to work on our plesk-server with SuSE and qmail.
    Hope, there will be a wonder some time... My greates wish for an add-on / extension is a working openwebmail-Installation...
     
  8. dietcheese

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    SmarterMail

    I just happen to log into a potential client's current webmail system:

    http://www.smartertools.com/Products/SmarterMail/ScreenShots.aspx

    This made every open-source webmail client that 've seen look like **** (that says nothing for function).

    I don't know how extensive the features are but I know 90% of my clients just want to check their webmail when they're on the road. It's Windows-only but the interface is so concise and easy-to-use it makes you wonder why they can't do the same sort of thing with Horde/Squirlemail...

    dc
     
  9. flosoft

    flosoft Basic Pleskian

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    Well I use Roundcube Webmail. It is an IMAP client and supports Ajax.

    As far as I have seen it is the best Webmail I have ever seen!
    SW-Soft should use this one in their Plesk 8.

    Greets,

    Florian

    EDIT: http://www.roundcube.net/
     
  10. Cranky

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