When comparing Roundcube vs AfterLogic WebMail, the Slant community recommends Roundcube for most people. In the question“What are the best self-hosted webmail clients?” Roundcube is ranked 2nd while AfterLogic WebMail is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Roundcube is:
Licensed under GPL v3 with code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/roundcube/roundcubemail).
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Pro Free and open source
Licensed under GPL v3 with code available on GitHub.
Pro Sophisticated address book
Each contact can have their e-mail address, phone number, location, photos and associated URLs added to them. You can then group contacts and address your mails to the group instead of having to enter each person separately. Additionally, you can import vCards and CSV files as contact information. And, it has LDAP connectors.
Pro Access control support
Roundcube has built-in support for access control lists (ACL).
Pro Drag & drop support
Roundcube supports attaching files simply by dragging and dropping them in.
Pro Plug-in support
Roundcube is available in over 70 languages.
Pro Spell checking
You can enable/disable spellcheck by changing "enable_spellcheck" in main.inc.php file.
Pro Good documentation
You have access to the documentation for APIs as well plugins development.
Pro Built-in caching
Roundcube caches messages to allow quicker access to your mailbox and to alleviate the strain put on the server. You can turn off caching (change 'enable_caching' property in your config/main.inc.php file) if you need messages to appear instantly.
Has auto-refresh functionality for email boxes.
In admin panel you can supply separate logos for login screen and for top-left corner of main interface.
Configurable autoreload of email message list every N minutes
Pro Drag 'N Drop
Mails can be dragged into a different folder, contacts can be added into group, events in calendars can be tossed around, etc. - all with drag 'n drop.
Pro Multilanguage, with autodetection
Interface is available in over 30 languages. WebMail attempts to determine your system language and open the interface in it.
Pro Mobile version of interface
Open WebMail on your iOS or Android device to get a simplified mobile interface. And when run on iOS, it'll offer you to get iOS profile with settings for mail access, contacts and calendar sync.
Pro Plugins infrastructure
A few dozens of plugins, some of those created by community. Plugins are placed into data directory so they survive upgrades easily.
Pro External services integration
Twitter, Facebook, Google and Dropbox are supported. With last two, you can access their file storage; and you can use social account credentials to log into your WebMail acct.
Pro Sync with Windows, iOS, Android etc.
Offers syncing through DAV with mobile devices, there are also mobile apps and Windows sync client.
Pro Multiple accounts
In WebMail Pro each user can have multiple accounts added to switch between them and use them separately.
Pro Available in multiple editions
In addition to commercial WebMail Pro, simplified free opensource WebMail Lite is available. Also there are MailSuite Pro (which is basically WebMail Pro integrated with mailserver software) and Aurora, extended with groupware features.
Not easy to create your own themes.
Unfortunately, all interfaces of roundcube look very old. I hope there will be a progress soon, Google Mail and Outlook Webmail should be the role models here. But also Yahoo mail offers an intuitive design.
If this open source software should survive, it must be completely renewed and bring up to new standards.
Con Extremely clunky unintuitive interface
For example the mouse cursor may start getting stuck and lag.
Con Search option are limited
You can only search for one item at a time instead of multiple search terms, which makes it difficult to go through large amounts of emails.
Con You can't make multiple accounts
It is not possible to make more then one account.
Con Not responsive at all
3 layers of Mail section overlying each other. Totally not supported by mobile. Very bad mobile interface.
Con No Unified inbox
They planned it for a while, but for now, it's still working with one account at a time.
Con No CardDAV support in free version
CardDav Sync is not available in AfterLogic WebMail Lite, which is the free version.