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How I can disable POP3/SMTP, only webmail?

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussions' started by x-man, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. x-man

    x-man Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    somebody know how I can disable pop3/smtp for some e-mail accounts and only webmail must work (I`ll install new webmail script, horde or some other)?!

    I want offer free webmail account for visitors of my site but I have big problem with that, somebody of you offer free webmail account for visitors on server with cPanel?
    Instant account creation?

    Thanks
     
  2. anup123

    anup123 Well-Known Member

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    Buy a good webmail script.
    It would run independently of cpanel.
    There are many commercial scripts available in different price range and features.

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    Actually I believe that webmail still relies on pop3/smtp. So the cheapest thing I could think of (and this is a huge guess) is to move POP3 and SMTP to some bizarre port numbers, config the webmail to use them, and don't tell anybody about them. This way you could still use the cpanel scripts - just need to change the port numbers used. How? GOod question.
     
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    That wouldn't work - your server would never receive any email if you moved SMTP off of port 25.
     
  5. x-man

    x-man Well-Known Member

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    Big problem! How work other sites who only offer webmail without pop3/smtp?
    If I buy some webmail script can that fix this problem? Some link to script who can work that job without cPanel!? Can that script work without problems if I have cPanel on server?

    Must be some way without $xxxx and without server who will work only that job (mail server)!

    Sorry if my english bad...
     
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    Instant account creation.. free webmail .. It sounds like a spammers paradise.
    I would not do instant , no verification email accounts of any description, but it's up to you of course.
     
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    x-man Well-Known Member

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    I`ll test hivemail, thanks ;)
    That script don`t create smtp/pop3 accounts...I hope that will work fine...
     
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    hivemail no way.
    It may look to be cheap but it's not good. Personal opinion though.

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    x-man Well-Known Member

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    Why? Who script you use now?
     
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    anup123 Well-Known Member

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    There are many commercial scripts.
    I somehow tend to avoid php based stuff and hivemail is one of them.
    Big brothers of webmail use mod_perl apparently (yahoo etc).

    Webumake ( http://webumake.com ) could be the one if pricing is your concern. The scripts are pretty much low priced as compared to others (though i do not use webumake webmail).

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    humm.. you want to kill pop3 (to outside anyway) and kill smtp for outside people relaying but you want 25 open to get incoming mails?

    I guess you could try to shut down cppop in the service manager and then restart cpanel... but if the webmail program you want needs pop to get mail ..hummm ..well how about firewall port 110 to outsiders where internal access would work? Turning off SMTP auth for relaying might just be a exim.conf tweak. But it will have to be running in general if you want mail to come in on port 25 from outside.

    Blocking port 110 I think would work for pop and still allow from localhost.

    Reading the first post ..i am not sure how you would allow pop for some accounts and not others using the firewall method.
     
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    Hi anup
    Could you please elaborate on your bad experience with hivemail
     
  14. DigitalN

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    Hivemail has proved problematic on servers that I have seen customers install it upon.

    It has a nasty habit of chewing resources up and causing problems by procesesses hanging/looping, Im not sure exactly what the issue was or is but I have seen it replicated on more than 1 server. Did you have such issues anup?

    It isn't allowed on those servers any longer and I wouldn't recommend it for the above reasons, but again mileage and opinions vary :)
     
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    I actually do not like the very idea of "Your Are Being Redirected" stuff on almost all user actions in hivemail (as also with many php things that i must have tried) -- additional page switch -- I am not a big fan of php.

    Few Factors which should guide purchasing decision:

    Effective utilization of the screen inventory? Hivemail scores badly on many screens.
    Is the template easily customizable?
    Scalability in terms of features addition? Does it have a "core + plugin system" or every feature addition means hacking the core code?
    How active a support forum does the company have?
    Corss Browser compatibility of all the components?
    Licensing Policy?

    As already said, none of Big Brothers of WebMail (Free Or Paid version) use php based system -- the re must be reasons.

    If pricing is the only attraction then there is a 60$ script and i bet even if free accounts are offered, the end users would never return back after signing up unless they are spammers. Try this if "low price" is the only thing in mind:

    http://worldwidecreations.com

    They have tried to replicate Yahoo template style (as it used to be long back).
    Hivemail just seems to be trying to create a bit of competition for http://socketmail.com
    @mail becomes out of reach as it is too steeply priced and full of javascript stuff (again i personally would prefer as less javascript as possible).

    if it can be afforded, then

    http://mintersoft.com/ -- elegantly styled (but needs 2000$+ budget)

    There are many many ... i just suggested http://webumake.com (not that im using it or i am an affiliate :) ) as it is affordable for a good starting point. More so Jonnathan@Chirpy is visible on cpanel forums also so that lends a big +.

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    yeah, aggree , we should back chirpy as he is a valuable and highly respected member of our little community :D
     
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    You can do it using cpanel.

    if you dont create accounts, and just have your CATCH-ALL account.

    and develop a script that read all e-mails sent to CATCH-ALL and redistribuit it into you free mail accounts would work...

    but you would need to make a webmail from 0 to work like this.


    but just an idea maybe help you.
     
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