BDES: Squirrelmail


Okay, next on the list for the Battle of the Domain Email Services is Sqirrelmail. This email system is sort of the industry standard for domain email. My advice: avoid it like the plague. See the screenshot to the right? You can see more at squirrelmail.org. Horrible isn’t it? It’s a usability nightmare. It may support tons of ancient browsers due t it’s lack of AJAX, but honestly, who would want to use this? It BADLY needs to be updated to work in the modern mail world.

Advantages:

  • It supports nearly every ancient outdated browser on the planet.
  • Nearly every webhost comes preinstalled with it.
  • cPanel has integrated it into it’s setup so there’s zero configuration for you to do.

Disadvantages:

  • No AJAX support.
  • It’s definitely not very user-friendly.
  • Could use more customization options.
  • It seems to be stuck in the ’90s. There haven’t many interface updates.
  • As soon as a user logs in they’re like “Aaagh! No! It’s Squirrelmail!“.
  • Did I mention it’s not user friendly, it looks horrible, and you can’t navigate very well?

Clearly it can’t hope to compete with it’s competitors much longer unless it gets a major interface overhaul.


 

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