Horde, SquirrelMail or RoundCube Webmail – Which One to Choose?


which webmail should you choose

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On cPanel, you must have seen 3 different Webmail services namely Horde, SquirrelMail and RoundCube Webmail.

In act, we are often asked which is the best WebMail service to use.

Well, the answer is, it really depends on what you are looking for.

But there is one thing for sure, all these webmail services offer 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


SquirrelMail has all the basic functionality you need from an email client — calendar, spell check, strong MIME support, address books, and folder manipulation.

It has a simple interface where it lists all your emails.

It’s recommended for those looking for basic read and reply email functions.

2. RoundCube


Roundcube offers more user-friendly and fairly intuitive interface for your emails as compared to Squirrelmail.

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.

3. Horde

Horde is considered the most fully featured email client among the three, and it has similar functions to Outlook.

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.

In short:

  • If you are looking for simplicity, go for SquirrelMail
  • If you are looking for appearance plus easy-to-use functions, go for Roundcube
  • If you are looking at email with more complete features, go for Horde

After knowing the 3 different email providers, we believe that you can now make a better choice in choosing one that has the features/functions you are looking for.

If yet, let look into the comparison table…

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.


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:

  • Go to “Mail” and click on “Email Account”.
Step 2

Step 3:

  • Key in all the necessary information needed for a new email account.
Step 3

Step 4:

  • Click “Create Account” to create an email account.
Step 4

Step 5:

  • Access your email account via http://yourdomain.com/webmail
    ** yourdomain = the domain you registered

It is indeed very simple to create your email account. We hope you find this post useful.

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