Horde Groupware Webmail Edition is a free, open source, enterprise ready, browser based mail and collaboration solution for the Linux/Windows web hosting platform. Users can read, send and organize email messages and manage and share calendars, contacts, tasks, notes, files, and bookmarks with the standards compliant components from the Horde Project.
It can be extended with any of the released Horde applications or the applications that are still in development, like a bookmark manager or a file manager.
The developers at Horde, with nearly 10 years of expertise behind them, have kept up with the technology changes and have revolutionized the way of how we interact with our application. With an AJAX based 2.0 web interface, a full featured mobile client and advanced calendaring and standards based integration with desktop clients, Horde offers a unified and complete solution for almost any communication requirement.
Some additional features of Horde Groupware Webmail include:
- IMAP and POP3 webmail client
- AJAX, mobile and traditional browser interfaces
- 3-pane and 3-column-layouts
- Message filtering
- Message searching
- HTML message composition with WYSIWIG editor
- Spell checking
- Built in attachment viewers
- Encrypting and signing of messages (S/MIME and PGP)
- Quota support
- Keyboard navigation
- Full character set support for folders names and email messages
- Conversation view of all messages in a thread
- Downloading of message attachments in a ZIP file
- Flexible, individual alias addresses
- IMAP folder subscriptions
- Shared IMAP folders
- Graphical emoticons
- Support for mailing list headers
- Forwarding of multiple messages at once
- Attachments sent as links
Horde Groupware Webmail Edition bundles the separately available applications like IMP, Ingo, Kronolith, Turba, Nag, Mnemo, Gollem, and Trean.
Why Choose Horde?
Horde is one of the most flexible groupware on the planet, and that makes it the perfect platform on which to build your business productivity software:
Open Source. Horde is open source, which means no per-user licensing fees or costly compulsory support contracts. Further, Horde or any part of it can be customized at any given point of time.
Feature-rich. Horde's feature set rivals the largest enterprise email systems. It has an incredible feature set in primary apps (mail, calendar, address book), and even more in secondary apps (time tracking, wiki, ticketing, and more).
Flexible. Data entered in Horde may be updated or consumed via a broad range of front-end protocols, including HTTP/HTML, DAV, SyncML, ActiveSync, iCalendar and more. Thus, Horde presents information as per the user's requirement.
Adaptability. Horde officially supports and connects to a number of backends, including all the leading SQL, LDAP, IMAP, Sieve, SMTP, cache platforms available today. This allows user to use his existing userbase, thereby eliminating the need for remembering any additional passwords.
Maturity. The source code of Horde dates back over 10 years and utilizes expertise from years of engineering, security reports testing, user feedback and bugfixes.
Ease of Customization. CSS-based design and templates make customization easy. There are nearly unlimited numbers of ways to customize and configure Horde to fit almost any need.
Active development. Horde benefits from a large and active community of developers and users, and continues to add features nearly every day.
How do I use my Horde webmail?
In order to use Horde webmail, go to the URL of your website with webmail at its end- www.mysite.com/webmail . Enter your email address as the username and the password as assigned in your cPanel.
On logging in, a window (as shown below) will appear that will prompt you to login. You have 3 choices to choose from: Horde, Squirellmail, and Roundcube; all of which will provide you with powerful tools to manage and maintain your emails. It is possible to enable "AutoLoad" so on future visits the system knows which program you prefer.
An additional login is required (You can set autologin in the previous step to avoid 2 logins in the future)
On logging into your Horde webmail for the first time, a good idea is to set your preferences up under the "options" heading.
Expand the "Mail" folder on the left hand side to select the "Inbox" for checking email.
In order to delete emails simply check the ones you wish to "delete" and delete them.
If you don't need old emails/files, delete them from your "sent folder", and "inbox", or download them to your computer. Finally "purge" them or delete them from "trash folder" as if old mail remains, it fills up the mailbox and it will stop working if it gets full.
The Horde webmail program is very easy and straight forward to use. If you have any problem, just click the "Help" link on the Horde panel.
How to compose a new message in Horde mail?
Horde Webmail allows the users to send, receive and organize e-mail messages. In order to compose a new message in Horde mail, just follow the steps given below:
Step (1). Open Horde Webmail.
Step (2). Click on New Message icon, which is displayed on the top of the page. It will display the New Message window.
Step (3). You can compose a new email message here. In the To field, you can type the email address(s) to whom you want to send your message or you can select addresses or contacts to send your message to from the address book.
Step (4). Add someone in the CC field in case you want to send a copy of the mail to someone. Also add BCC in case you want to send a blank carbon copy of the same mail to someone.
Step (5). Add Subject of the email.
Step (6). Add body of the email in the Text box. As soon as you finish, click on the Send Message.
Step (7). The email message that was sent can be seen in the Sent folder.