HI:Plans/email hosting

From Hypertwins Informatics
Jump to: navigation, search

There are two parts to this -- the actual email (POP3/IMAP/SMTP) server, which requires a client (either a web-based or desktop/mobile application), and a web interface for those who prefer it.

The basic email service is a well-understood (though poorly-documented) technology, and there are numerous reliable open-source packages for doing it.

The real obstacle is the web interface -- although there are some good ones out there, I have yet to find one that doesn't have substantial issues. Those I have tried include:

  • Feng Office - when last tried, did not properly support IMAP
  • Group-Office - can't remember all the problems, but this page last updated in 2010 shows one or two
  • Roundcube - tendency to get "stuck"; search function depends on mail server functionality which is often broken

The problems with each of these packages may have been resolved since I last used them, or it may be necessary to dig into the code to fix the issues, or maybe there is another package I haven't discovered yet that would work better. Supposedly Usermin has email capabilities...