cPanel Webmail Horde, Roundcube & SquirrelMail Comparison

Do you wonder whether to use Horde, Roundcube or Squirrelmail when you log into your email accounts using cPanel Webmail? We’ve got many questions from clients about which cPanel webmail email client software to use. Many are confused which is best or which one to use. So here is a comparison of Horde, Roundcube and SquirrelMail the 3 cPanel Webmail options you find when you log into your webmail email account.

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Using this feature comparison from the cPanel webmail documentation you will be able to make an informed decision about whether to use Horde, Roundcube or Squirrelmail. It all depends on your needs.

The main overview, features and advantages found in each of these three Webmail email client applications are.

Horde webmail logo Roundcube webmail logo Squirrel mail logo
Recommended for: Users who need a full suite of features that includes mobile email access and advanced productivity tools. Users who need a user-friendly web interface with some additional features available. Users who need a very basic interface from which to read and reply to emails.
Interface type * Three-pane format with view pane.
* Mobile interface available.
* Three-pane format with view pane. * Two-pane list format.
Composition features: * Attachments
* HTML composition
* Spell check
* Attachments
* HTML composition
* Spell check
* Attachments
* Text-only composition
Organization features: * Folder manipulation
* Mail filters
* Message flags
* Search mail
* Threaded (conversation) view
* Drag-and-drop organization
* Folder manipulation
* Message flags
* Search mail
* Threaded (conversation) view
* Folder manipulation
* Message flags
* Search mail
* Threaded (conversation) view
Additional features: * Address book (advanced)
* Calendar (advanced)
* Event reminders
* News feed
* Notes
* Task list (advanced)
* Address book (advanced)
* System administrators can use plugins to add custom features.
* Address book (simple)
Official Website The Horde Project Roundcube Webmail Project The SquirrelMail Project

Personally, I’ve been using Webmail clients since around 2008. Until recently, my preference was for SquirrelMail. I used it a lot for my emails at Zeeron Solutions and other websites. But now I use Horde because of its advanced features as well as look and feel. However Horde needs some getting used to, like for example, when you delete a email in Horde, it still stays in the Inbox with a cross line over the email indicating its deleted. (To delete it permanently, you have to select a drop-down and then select, “Purge Deleted”) But in SquirrelMail when you delete it goes to the deleted/junk folder like in Gmail or Yahoo mail.

In conclusion, your choice of webmail client depends a lot on what you are looking for. If you want the best look and feel together with advanced features like you find in Gmail and Yahoo then go for Horde. RoundCube is good for its user-friendly appearance plus some functions. If you prefer simplicity then go for SquirrelMail.

Written by: Aksam Zarook
Aksam Zarook is a web designer, developer, online marketer and founder of Zeeron Solutions. With nearly 11 years of work and business experience he excels in web design, web development, graphic design and Internet marketing. He is also a family man with two adorable little kids and rides a motorbike.

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5 comments on “cPanel Webmail Horde, Roundcube & SquirrelMail Comparison

  1. Been using SquirrelMail for over 15 years.

    SquirrelMail can have HTML composition with plugin and it works quite well.

    SquirrelMail is not updated often (last update over 2 years) so no new features ever come out except perhaps as a plugin update. RoundCube and Horde are updated continuously.

    Thinking of moving over to Horde or RoundCube. The last couple of times I tried to move I came back and don’t quite remember why. Probably the familiarity.

    Thanks for the feature comparison.

  2. Looks like this original post was over a year ago, but glad I found it. The table giving a breakdown on the differences between the three clients really answered my questions.

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