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Introduction to Webmail

Webmail (web-based mail) is called a mailbox accessed through a web browser.

The mail service can be provided as a free service by a mail provider such as Gmail or Yahoo, by an Internet service provider ISP or a web hosting company as part of the purchased service package.

When you register an email account, you can access it by using only the operating system browser without having to install and configure a mail program.

Enter the URL of the mail server login page in your browser, authenticate using the email account's name and its password, then you are good to go.

A mail program interface, which is installed on the mail server itself, is loaded into your browser, allowing you to manage your correspondence.

In most scenarios, the interface of those webmail applications offer fewer and more limited choice of options than desktop applications such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook or Mac Mail.

The webmail service only works over an internet connection - webmail does not offer any offline alternative.

Benefits of Webmail

  • No account configuration needed.
  • Access from any place with an internet connection.
  • Ideal solution if you are not able to install a mail program on your work or school computer.
  • You do not need to use your disk space because the mail is kept on the server.

Disadvantages of Webmail

Let's note some obvious flaws in a web-based mail.

  • There is a strong likelihood that the mail content could be analyzed in order to send you targeted ads especially if you are using free mail providers.
  • Another disadvantage is the ability of the mail provider to allow access through an unsecured connection where the mail password can be intercepted if the traffic on the public Wi-Fi network is monitored.
  • Make sure you are using webmail only on secure HTTPS protocol.
  • A third drawback of webmail clients is the different interpretation of HTML tags.
  • For this reason, the same email is very likely to look different in different web based mail clients. To achieve relative compatibility, web template designers are forced to use tables and CSS inline styles:
<td style="color: #153643; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px;">;
 <b>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet!</b>;
</td>;

cPanel Webmail Overview

CPanel provides users with access to a webmail interface.

To access cPanel's Webmail feature, perform the following steps:

Navigate to cPanel's Email Accounts interface Home > Email > Email Accounts

In the More menu next to the email account name, click Access Webmail.

You can also access Webmail directly at the below URL:

https://example.com:2096/

where you must enter the correct access credentials in the login form.

Access Webmail from a local email client

To configure an email client such as Apple®Mail or Microsoft®Outlook, click the Configure Mail Client in the User Settings menu in the top navigation for more detailed instructions.

Which Webmail Application Should I Choose

cPanel includes three standard Webmail applications: Horde, Roundcube and SquirrelMail.

Once you select a default web client from the program interface, you can replace it with another app to get an idea of the design and capabilities of the all mail clients:

choose webmail client

Webmail application feature comparison

The information below gives new Webmail users a brief overview of the features available in each application.

For a full list of features, please visit the application's website.

 Horde webmail client

 Roundcube webmail client

 SquirrelMail webmail client

Conclusion

Webmail is easy to use and ideal for accessing your mail account in unforeseen circumstances.

But in terms of mobile expansion and the ability to easily create mail accounts on your mobile device, the use and importance of web-based mail has been steadily declining.

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