Aug 20 2013

AfterLogic WebMail Pro v7: The Future of Webmail-Frontends

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I switched to Gmail. Do you know why? Not because of the features, partly because of the spam protection, but what really got me was the design. I was tired of the webmail interfaces of the 90s. Every service out there went 2.0 except for webmail interfaces. They got stuck in the last century. Had AfterLogic WebMail Pro v7 already existed a few years back, I might not have made the switch. WebMail Pro v7 is a PHP solution, any ISP or corporate email maintainer should take a long hard look at.

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AfterLogic WebMail Pro v7: Works With a Variety of Servers

Cloud services are the new craze. Software as a service is the next big thing ranging just shortly behind canned beer. The problem is, a good service programmer need not be an as well UI designer. So you might end up with a great service under an unbearable design.

That’s where AfterLogic WebMail Pro v7 enters the stage. WebMail Pro is not an email server, but only the interface to one. WebMail Pro v7 supports loads of the leading email servers out there, such as Exim, Postfix, Courier, Dovecot, Sendmail, Qmail, and many others on Linux as well as Microsoft Exchange, MailEnable, IceWarp, MDaemon, hMailServer, and many others on Windows. Additionally it can easily be integrated with hoster solutions such as cPanel, Plesk and DirectAdmin.

WebMail Pro v7: Made with HTML5/CSS3

And WebMail Pro v7 is beautiful – clean and modern. WebMail Pro v7 makes using your mail service from the 90s enjoyable again. Built entirely with HTML5/CSS3, the UI works fast in any modern browser with fallbacks to support even the elderly internet viewer solutions. The software supports a wide variety of languages.

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WebMail Pro v7 makes you feel like working with a locally installed application. This is due to a new feature called “pre-caching”, which basically means that messages get loaded to the background already at launch, so that you will not notice any lag in opening a message after having clicked on it. This is a major advantage compared to the old-fashioned webmail interfaces you might have gotten used to.

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Besides giving access to your mails, WebMail Pro v7 comes equipped with a full-blown contacts management and calendar. You might suspect them to have gotten inspired by Gmail in this regard. But why not learn from best practices, instead of reinventing the wheel over and over again?

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All of these, especially the additional services make WebMail Pro v7 stand out from the crowd, a crowd, which – I already mentioned it – has great service quality, but poor frontends. WebMail Pro v7 is your way of connecting to the best of both worlds, albeit you will have to ask your ISP to go for it, unless you don’t maintain a dedicated mail server by yourself.

Besides providing an intuitive interface for users, WebMail Pro v7 also delivers a clean interface for admins. Here you can manage your users, servers, domains, whatever. Need I mention that you can add more than one domain?

AfterLogic WebMail Pro v7 as a Client and on Mobile Devices

Once you got access to WebMail Pro v7 as a user, it is easy to integrate all of your mail accounts into that one interface. As long as your other services support IMAP, that is. POP3 is not supported.

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WebMail Pro v7 offers DAV synchronization. This way you can sync your calendar and contacts with any DAV-supporting device, such as iOS clients.

WebMail Pro v7: Moderate Price Tags

AfterLogic WebMail Pro v7 is powerful, yet comes with moderate price tags attached. There are two license models available, one is based on users, the other on the number of servers. The smallest license costs 99$ for 100 users or one server. Obviously the more users or the more servers you need to support, the fee rises accordingly.

The price is for one year of maintenance and support, with the second and all subsequent years requiring the same fee again. So basically you might say, the price is an annual fee. Yet, if you think you need not upgrade the software any time soon, the fee is one-time. You should consider thoroughly, though…

Conclusion: If you have any chance in forcing the relevant people to implement WebMail Pro v7, go and have your try now. They will not regret it, promised…

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About the Author

Dieter Petereit is Noupe's Editor-In-Chief and a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called webdesign and has carried on ever since. Almost a decade ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. Dieter is a heavy G-Plusser, so why not meet him over there?

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Comments and Discussions
  • Neotester, 20 August 2013

    I’m using the light version, and it’s awesome. I’m forwaring all of my Gmail accounts to a custom personal e-mail account and I’m using AfterLogic light as front-end for checking up my e-mails.

  • Emu Hex, 21 August 2013

    Hi Dieter Petereit
    How beatifully you have defined “AfterLogic WebMail Pro v7″ its really helpful post. I really enjoyed it so much. I am not trying to spam, here is actually something useful for readers specially HTML and WordPress themes authors who wants to submit their templates to sell them.

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