So I finally got around to setting up RoundCube Webmail Client. I first heard about it either on /. or Ars Technica. Where I heard about it doesn’t really matter, but I’ve got to say it’s loads better than SquirrelMail and The Horde Project. Do check out the RoundCube screenshots. For some reasons, their images load really slow. You can even try out their demo site.

So instead of killing the original, I just created another subdomain at I’ll probably be slowly moving away from my Yahoo account onto this. I know I tried that awhile back, but I liked Yahoo because of the Webmail and interface provided. One thing I disliked was the fact it wouldn’t let me send emails from my domain without paying that premium. I know GMail allows something similar, but I don’t particularily like their folderless interface and there was also the barrier that I had to send a verification email for every new * email I wanted to use. I also didn’t like the idea of Google holding all that information about me.

I know I had tried awhile back to use a * email as my main email address, but as you know, I gave up fairly quickly and then sent a email to everyone (or hopefully everyone) telling them I switched back to my Yahoo! email address. But now, I’m willing to give it another shot. Expect a email shortly from me telling you my address has changed.

Setting it up was rather simple. DreamHost didn’t have the one click install available, but the instructions were rather easy. Of course, after I finish setting up, I find this tutorial: Installing RoundCube on DreamHost. I also found this: HOW TO: Setup RoundCube Webmail on Your Server and Setting up Roundcube on Dreamhost which provided some extra insight.

One thing about DreamHost is that you don’t really get your own mail server. You share it with a bunch of people and your real email box is at m-1234567 on that mail server. * just forwards to it. So to log into your account, the user name is m-1234567 with your email password. The username was obviously hard to remember, so I went searching around, and it turns out you can set aliases. You can either do this during the account setup (if you’re manually creating accounts through mysql), or you can edit your database and add an alias afterwards. If you set a default host, the user can log on and have his account setup first, and then you can add in the alias later, which becomes mighty useful. Too bad they don’t provide an admin interface to do this type of work.

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