In this FatCow Webmail article we will discuss the difference between email and the webmail. FatCow webmail offers you two different options to manage your webmail. Keep reading for help deciding which FatCow webmail may be the best choice for you.
What is FatCow Webmail?
People who aren’t experienced with webmail may wonder what the difference is between email and webmail. The fact is, the messages that are being read are the same: the means through which they are read—the clients—are what is different.
Email Clients vs. FatCow Webmail Clients
Email clients are software that is loaded on your computer, and includes a number of features to manage and organize your email, which is, or can be, downloaded from the server and stored on your computer. Examples of POP email clients are Eudora, Mac Mail, and Outlook. Most email clients have the ability to work offline, and they often have address books.
Webmail clients are accessed through an Internet browser, and require no software download beyond the browser. Some types of webmail client are available to anyone anywhere by signing up, like Gmail, Yahoo!, and Hotmail. Others may be available through your website control panel, which, in the case of FatCow, would be through the ‘Email management’ panel of the FatCow vDeck control panel. The two types offered are AtMail and SquirrelMail.
Choosing to use one of the webmail options through the FatCow control panel does not limit your use of other webmail clients or email clients. In fact, you can switch between FatCow webmail clients, and you may be able to synchronize your webmail through FatCow with your email client if you use AtMail for your webmail client and Outlook for your email client.
Choosing a FatCow Webmail Client
If you want to select, or change, a FatCow webmail client, remember both that switching between clients will cause you to lose any mail that you have read through that client and not saved to your computer or other back-up location and that your address book and calendar need to be manually moved.
Begin by logging-in to your FatCow vDeck control panel. Go to Mail Central, and log-in to ‘Mail Tool Settings.’ Locate the ‘WebMail Client’ panel, and select the radio button of the FatCow WebMail option that you want to either enable or switch to—either SquirrelMail or AtMail. Then choose ‘Change Settings.’
On its website, SquirrelMail offers 224 plug-ins. FatCow has chosen to include five of these with its SquirrelMail installation. They are, importing and exporting of the address book, a calendar SQL backend, HTML mail, unsafe image rules, and image buttons. Help for SquirrelMail is found after you log-in via the lifesaver icon near the top of the page.
AtMail has the advantage that after you have changed the configuration of Outlook so that it accesses your AtMail, the two programs can be synced. This involves downloading and installing AtMails WebSync intallation utility, which can be found through a help article at FatCow here: http://www.fatcow.com/knowledgebase/beta/article.bml?ArticleID=1464&type=How%20To#Nugget_1549 AtMail Help is available from the Main Menu bar when you have logged-in to AtMail. Instructions are included for accessing AtMail from either a mobile phone or a PDA.