WebMail : Squirrelmail , Roundcube & Horde

Differences : Horde, SquirrelMail, and RoundCube Webmail ?

When you purchase shared hosting, be it DirectAdmin or cPanel, it will automatically comes with 3 various webmail for you to choose which is : Horde , RoundCube and SquirrelMail.

What is web mail ?
Web mail is a tool that allows you to send and read emails directly from any computer connected to the internet. Web Mail is ideal when you need to check emails while traveling or using another person’s computer or an outside computer, such as at the library or at a cafe. You can access ServerFreak’s Web Mail as long as you have a browser and an Internet connection. Your email is stored on our server and is always available when you need it.

You will be asking how do we get there ?
Simple, just go to http://yourdomain.com/webmail. Once you login, you will see the exact page below :

Customers will generally ask us, which is the best WebMail we would recommend?

Well, the answer is it really does depend on what you are comfortable with and what features or functions you are looking at. But one thing for sure all 3 of these webmail offers the basic  email features such as : Compose Email, Forwarding, Junk Mail, Address Book, Trash, Folders, Marked as Read/Unread  and many more.


has all the basic functionality you would want from an email client,calendar, spell check, including strong MIME support, address books, and folder manipulation. It has simple interface where it basically list down all your emails. Recommended to those looking for basic read and reply email functions.


Roundcube offers much more nice, user-friendly and fairly intuitive interface for your emails as compared to squirellmail. It offers 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.

As seen in the image below, it also offers 3 pane mailbox view, with drag-and-drop features.

Besides that, it also offers compose of HTML emails with attachments as shown below:


As for Horde, it is considered most fully featured email compared to the earlier two Squirrelmail & Roundcube and it has similar functions to Outlook.

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

Horde also comes with Task management functions, whereby you can list your task, set the task as reminders and keep track of the task progress as seen below :

As a conclusion, your choice of which webmail to use really much depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for simplicity, go for SquirrelMail. If you are looking for appearance plus easy-to-use functions, go for Roundcube. Finally, if you are looking at email with more complete features , go for Horde.

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