Install an Alternate Webmail Application to the Grid


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  • Applies to: Grid
    • Difficulty: Hard
    • Time Needed: 20
    • Tools Required: SSH, vi knowledge

Overview

The Grid provides the Mail by (mt) webmail application, built off of @Mail, by default. This can be reached by simply navigating to http://webmail.example.com/.

There are many other options available for a webmail interface. We offer two methods to install an alternate webmail application. Method 1 will show you how to prepare the folders for a local webmail installation and Method 2 will show you how to re-direct the URL to a third-party webmail service such as Google's Hosted Email, or an off-site Microsoft Exchange Server's Outlook Web Access (OWA) page.

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This article is provided as a courtesy. Installing, configuring, and troubleshooting third-party applications is outside the scope of support provided by (mt) Media Temple. Please take a moment to review the Statement of Support.

METHOD 1 - Local webmail:

  1. Connect to your site through FTP, File Manager, or SSH.
  2. Go to the domains folder.
  3. Create a directory called webmail.example.com, navigate into that directory and create a folder called html.
  4. Install your own custom webmail application of your choosing in this html folder, following the steps outlined by the software publisher.

METHOD 2 - Redirect URL to third-party webmail service:

  1. Connect to your site through FTP, File Manager, or SSH.
  2. Go to the domains folder.
  3. Create a directory called webmail.example.com, navigate into that directory and create a folder called html.

Create a .htaccess file with the following directive:

redirect 301 / http://external_email_host_address.com/

For example, to have http://webmail.mt-example.com/ redirect to your Google-hosted email login:

redirect 301 / http://mail.google.com/hosted/example.com/

Or to use the alternative to @mail that we've set up (SquirrelMail):

redirect 301 / http://example.com/.mtapps/squirrelmail

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