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What is Webmail?

Webmail lets you use your web browser to check your email. DreamHost's Webmail applications are automatically setup and configured, with links and settings on the panel's (Panel > 'Mail' > 'Webmail') page.

Accessing Webmail

Webmail is located at:

http://webmail.your_domain.com 

-or-

https://webmail.your_domain.com
Note2 icon.png Note: Be sure to replace your_domain.com with the actual domain.


It is also accessible using the DreamHost domain:

http://webmail.dreamhost.com 

-or-

https://webmail.dreamhost.com

Webmail is automatically configured to connect to the DreamHost mail server. The only settings you must enter are a mail account username and password to log in.

Security warning when using the httpS secure link

The security certificate used by Webmail is written for the dreamhost.com domain. If you access Webmail using webmail.your_domain.com, the certificate's domain will not match your domain. You can avoid any warning or error message from this domain mis-match by accessing Webmail using webmail.dreamhost.com.

You can also accept any certificate mismatch warnings and store that certificate exception through the web browser so the prompt doesn’t come up again through the browser on which it was stored.

Additionally, you may notice that the JUNK folder is not available when viewing over HTTPS. For example, in Chrome the JUNK folder over HTTPS will show a sad face icon at first.

To fix and view the JUNK folder:

  1. Visit https://mailboxes.yourdomain.com.
  2. Accept that cert.
  3. Log into https://webmail.yourdomain.com.
  4. Accept any other cert that may appear.

The JUNK folder should now be visible in Webail.

SquirrelMail and RoundCube

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The default Webmail program is SquirrelMail but there is also an alternative available in the panel called RoundCube.

To switch between the two programs for your domain, use the panel's (Panel > 'Mail' > 'WebMail') page. Click the Edit button for the domain, then use the checkbox for "Enable RoundCube Webmail Beta.gif". RoundCube is also accessible on the DreamHost domain at roundcube.dreamhost.com.

Note2 icon.png Note: When enabling RoundCube, the Webmail interface will require up to 6 hours for the DNS to resolve to the new RoundCube interface records for your domain before you can use it.


SquirrelMail and RoundCube are both open source software, and their websites have information on how to use the software:

SquirrelMail specific help

Checking for New Mail

SquirrelMail, by default, will not automatically check for new mail if you leave it open.

  • To check for new mail manually, click the Check mail link or the INBOX (near the top of the frame on the left side of the screen).
  • To set this up to "refresh" the message list, go to Options - Folder Preferences, Auto Refresh Folder List and select the amount of time to refresh the folder list. Click Submit to save this change.

"Could not complete request" error in Squirrelmail

If this error message fills your entire folder column in squirrelmail, you probably have set 2 conflicting options. The conflicting options which causes this error are located in the Folder Display options page and the options are :

  • Sent Folder : [Do Not Use]
  • Show Variable Sent Folder : Always

To fix, select Sent Folder to use, or disable the Show Variable Sent Folder.

File Attachments

Because Webmail is a PHP web application, it has lower limits for the email attachment size than emails sent through other methods. That limit is 10 MB.

Junk Mail

The Junk Mail folder in SquirrelMail is part of the Anti-spam filtering that can be turned on in the panel. This Junk Mail quarantine folder is only accessible in SquirrelMail, not RoundCube.

Alternatives

Non-DreamHost mail hosting

See also: Custom MX

The panel's (Panel > 'Mail' -> 'Custom MX') page has options to use Google Apps / Gmail or any other mail provider for your domain.

Using Gmail as a Webmail client

Gmail's Mail Fetcher POP3 client can connect to your mail accounts and pop the emails off the DreamHost server into your Gmail account. Gmail can also use SMTP to send mail from your mail account.

Install your own Webmail client

Note2 icon.png Note: DreamHost support is not able to assist with any custom installations nor are we able to troubleshoot any errors that may occur as a result of a custom install.


It is possible to set up any web-based IMAP mail client as a replacement for the default SquirrelMail interface. You can disable DreamHost's Webmail for a domain using the panel's (Panel > 'Mail' -> 'WebMail') page. This will free up the Webmail subdomain for you to use with your own Webmail client.

You can install your own copy of SquirrelMail or RoundCube, which will give you more control over the settings and customization than the DreamHost installations. There are other popular Webmail clients including Horde and OpenWebMail