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Chapter 26. Creating a Mail Server > Providing Web-Based Email Access

Providing Web-Based Email Access

Although imap and pop are certainly popular choices for getting email to your clients, providing a web interface is a virtual necessity nowadays. A web-based client enables users to check their email from any web-enabled computer without needing to set up any additional software. In this section, we'll look at how you can quickly set up SquirrelMail—a popular web-based IMAP client that works with PHP. As a prerequisite, you'll need PHP activated, as described in Chapter 24.

Installing SquirrelMail

To begin, download the latest SquirrelMail distribution from http://squirrelmail.sourceforge.net/ and unarchive the code into a web-accessible directory, such as /Library/Webserver/Documents. You'll also want to remove the version number from the directory so that squirrelmail will be easier to access (for example, rename squirrelmail-1.5.0 to squirrelmail).


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