cPanel announced today they will be depreciating SquirrelMail in cPanel & WHM version 74.
For those unaware, SquirrelMail is a web-based email client used in cPanel’s Webmail:
I’ve personally been a big fan of it for at least the last decade.
Unlike the other web-mail applications, SquirrelMail has always been very reliable and light-weight loading even when I’ve had inboxes fill up with thousands of emails.
Unfortunately the developers quit updating the project back in 2013 with their latest release being all the way back in 2011.
In the last seven years, 4 versions of PHP have reached End of Life, making the application no longer secure to keep bundled inside of cPanel.
I noticed updates quit coming back in 2013 and began using Horde when I needed webmail.
Personally, I like how Horde handles deleted emails, so have been quite pleased with the transition.
If you’re currently using SquirrelMail, now would be a good time to begin familiarizing yourself with either Horde or Roundcube.
Given cPanel is currently on version 68, we’re still several months away from the actual depreciation date, but none-the-less it’s never to early to begin making the transition especially for those that have multiple people in their organization using it.
Would You Like To Recommend A New Client?
The good thing about cPanel, and one of the reason why we love working with them, is their development team is taking suggestions for the SquirrelMail replacement.
The only suggestion they have currently is AfterLogic Lite, but it hasn’t garnered much interest.
Now is the time to get that request in! If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please feel free to let us know!