If you’re looking for a free open source email web client, look no further. Squirrel Mail is good choice for that. The code is written in PHP and you don’t need to have in depth programming knowledge in order to work your way around to making this web client work. Instructions are provided for you to configure settings needed to have this up and running. Although you may need to have knowledge in setting this up in a server, say Apache HTTP Server. SquirrelMail uses a MySQL database for storing incoming and outgoing emails. Even attachments are allowed here. It includes built-in pure PHP support for the IMAP and SMTP protocols, and all pages render in pure HTML 4.0 (with no JavaScript required) for maximum compatibility across browsers. The UI may not be as sophisticated as GMail, Yahoo or Hotmail (although this is asking too much), but the core functionalities that a user needs like sending, receiving, attaching are all here. I won’t go through the details of installing and configuring it. You only need a little technical knowhow to know your way around setting this up.

Additional plugins can also be installed for use with SquirrelMail like a Rich Text Editor among others. Or a spell checker and dictionary library. If your sideline clients want a web email client for their mails, I highly recommend SquirrelMail. I tried it. It works. And it’s good. Better yet, it’s free.

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