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What is Webmail?

What is Webmail?
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What is Webmail and Why should I need it?

Webmail is a term that means ‘web based email’, it is an easy way to access your email by opening a browser URL.

It is a service provided by ISPs, it’s a simple way to access your mail from a single URL, instead of using an email client like Gmail for Mobile, Outlook or Live Mail from Microsoft, Evolution or Thunderbird.

Webmail is an ideal solution to keep your privacy when you are out of your personal computer, people who need to access their email from public computers are suggested to always use webmail, instead of installing a local email client.

The most popular webmail services started around 1996, one of then was Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. Gmail appeared later, and this three became the most used webmail based mail services in the world.

How can I access my webmail?

It entirely depends on your email – web hosting provider. However, the most common way to access webmail is by typing any of this URLs:

http://webmail.yoursite.com/
http://www.yoursite.com/webmail
http://www.yoursite.com/email
http://www.yoursite.com/mail

If that doesn’t work, contact your email hosting provider and ask them, they are the best ones to answer this question.

If you are using 3rd party email services like Google Mail, Zoho mail or Outlook from Microsoft, this are the URLs you need:

What are the Webmail clients on cPanel servers?

cPanel installation comes with three email clients by default:

  • Squirrelmail
  • Roundcube
  • Horde

Access Webmail using your cPanel control panel

In order to access cPanel’s Webmail app, you will have to follow this steps:

  1. Login to your cPanel, then move to Email >> Email Account.
  2. Click in the “More” menu at your right, then click on ‘Access Webmail’

The Webmail interface will appear showing you the webmail activated clients, it can be Squirrelmail, Roundcube and Horde.

Click the one you like to try, and your webmail account will appear immediately.

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About the Author: Esteban Borges

Experienced Sr. Linux SysAdmin and Web Technologist, passionate about building tools, automating processes, fixing server issues, troubleshooting, securing and optimizing high traffic websites.