If you’re using Ensignia Enterprise, you may have noticed that the Twitter plugin stopped working recently. It looks like the method that the plugin used to retrieve the data from twitter.com has become obsolete. We upgraded the plugin and it’s up and running again! We also added the capability of displaying avatars in the feed. If you don’t want to display avatars, you can turn them off in Options / Ensignia Twitter Updates.
If you are have an active enterprise license and would like to upgrade your Twitter plugin, you can re-download the Ensignia package from our customer area. You don’t have to replace your entire Ensignia installation, all you need to do is update the directory plugins/enm_twitter on your server.
Good news! We’ve finally finished DeployMail! Now if you’re sitting there wondering what in the world DeployMail is and what good it is to you, let me explain:
How DeployMail helps you run a great webmail system for your customers:
- The full Ensignia webmail client with a WHM administration panel
- Add many beautiful webmail themes and skins
- Enable/Disable plugins and themes per customer
- Brand and customize your webmail logos per customer account
- Resell webmail services
- Add mobile webmail support
DeployMail saves you, the administrator, precious time:
- One click updates and upgrades
- Administrate all your webmail settings from one place
- No editing config files. It can all be done within your WHM
- Customize each setting per user account or set the defaults for all users
- Keep track of your account and license with a full account overview
- Quick and easy installation
All this can now be done with the online DeployMail interface, plugged right into your cPanel so you don’t have to go anywhere else.
We have a 30 day money back guarentee so feel free to give it a try.
We hope you can discover many uses for the new DeployMail service. We always like hearing back from our customers as it helps us serve you better so if you have any feedback or comments drop us a line, we would love to hear from you.
Take a DeployMail tour at http://deploymail.com
For years we have hosted both the Ensignia and the Roundcube skins here on this website. Now that each of these projects has grown we felt it was time to separate them and move the Roundcube skins to its own spot on the web: roundcubeskins.net. We hope this will make it easier and less confusing for our clients to find what they need. Feel free to browse the new website and thank you for your interest in our products!
Outlook Mobile is a fully-featured mobile equivalent of the Outlook theme. It’s free for Enterprise customers.
Get this for only $49
Check out W21, our newest Roundcube theme release for both desktop and mobile browsers! Since the name is a bit of a mystery, let me explain. For many years we had a very popular Ensignia theme called Web 2.0. When upgrading the designs of our themes to make them look more modern, we renamed the theme to Web 2.1, or W21 in short.
W21 is one of the most smooth and modern themes in our collection. Its features are refined to perfection, which will be especially appealing to those with an artistic streak. Preview screenshots are available here.
You can add this sleek theme to your Roundcube installation for only $49! It’s a one time fee that includes one year of free upgrades and technical support. (Go to our store.)
Included with the theme is a plugin that automatically switches between the desktop and mobile versions of the browser depending on the device used. All in all, it’s a package well worth its price!
We’re pleased to announce that all of our Roundcube skins (both desktop and mobile) have been upgraded and are now fully compatible with Roundcube 0.8! They are also backward-compatible with Roundcube 0.6 and 0.7, so our current clients using the earlier versions of the program can upgrade safely.
Roundcube 0.8 introduces some new requirements for the skins and plugins. The plugins must contain template files specific to the active skin in order to function. This is a change from the previous versions of the program, where the plugins would work even if the template files didn’t exist. We have taken special care to ensure that our skins provide the templates for all the plugins included with the Roundcube installation. Using our skins, all the default Roundcube plugins will work out of the box!
If you don’t use our skins yet, we’d like to encourage you to try them! For only $49 you’ll get a beautiful webmail with full mobile support (iPhone, Android and Windows Phone)! Our unique mobile technology is fully integrated with the skin, there’s no need to install any additional software, just drop the skin to your Roundcube folder and enjoy it! The theme selector plugin will take care of detecting the device type and automatically activating the desktop or mobile version for you!
Check out the demo at http://nutsmail.com/demo-roundcube. Browse using a mobile device to test the mobile skins.
If you already use our skins, you may want to upgrade to the latest version if:
1. You’re using Roundcube 0.8
2. You’re using Alpha Mobile or LiteCube Mobile on Roundcube 0.6 or 0.7 – the skins now have more spacing between the links, which makes them easier to use.
If you’re using Roundcube 0.6 or 0.7 with any of our other skins, you don’t need to upgrade.
We’re happy to announce that one of our flagship themes so far available only to Ensignia users is now available for Roundcube! The theme bundle includes three items:
- iClassic desktop theme (for desktop browsers)
- iClassic mobile theme (for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone)
- NutsMail theme selector plugin (switches between the desktop and mobile theme depending on the device used)
Taking into consideration your comments concerning our other mobile themes for Roundcube (Alpha and Litecube), we have designed iClassic Mobile to provide an even better user experience: the buttons and popup menu links are larger and easier to press and the page designs are more space-efficient. iClassic Mobile is the first in our new generation of mobile themes.
The iClassic desktop/mobile package costs only $49 and can be purchased in our store. If you would like to see some screenshots of the theme, click here.
iClassic is a Roundcube skin available for both desktop and mobile devices.
Commercial License $49
We’ve received many questions on how to enable password changing functionality in Ensignia. Hopefully this article will shed some light on the issue.
Since there is no one single method for email password storage on the server, the password change functionality in SquirrelMail (and Ensignia) is accomplished with the help of third party plugins. There are a number of plugins available which allow you to change the password on cPanel, LDAP, Cyrus SASL, Merak, SQL, etc. The complete list of the plugins can be found here.
One of those plugins, change_pass by Seth Randall is by default included with Ensignia. It changes the password with the use of a poppass daemon running on the server. If you don’t have poppass set up, you will receive a connection refused error when trying to change the password. The steps for installing the poppass service will be different for different operating systems, but an Internet search for “poppass” and your OS type will result in lots of detailed information on the subject.
Once you have the service running, you should also make sure that the port it’s accessible through corresponds with the port setting of the change_pass plugin. You can edit the file plugins/change_pass/config.php to change the plugin’s port number.
Please remember that Ensignia uses SquirrelMail for its core operations, so if you’re having any problems with your server setup or plugin functionality you can always search for it on the Internet and the answers you find for SquirrelMail will also apply to Ensignia.
We have recently done some research to check the trends of webmail popularity. It seems like the usage of SquirrelMail has fallen only slightly over the last 4 years and the interest in it today is nearly as high as it was in 2008. These are very good results for a program that hasn’t been upgraded much in recent years. It shows that the stability, speed and simplicity of SquirrelMail are still in high demand.
Unfortunately SquirrelMail doesn’t include any of the modern interface additions that people are used to in this day and age, so companies are forced to search for webmail alternatives that will not only provide solid email functions but also satisfy the aesthetic tastes of their customers or employees. Some choose to completely break away from the system they’ve used for years and move to Roundcube, while others choose to preserve all their SquirrelMail accounts and settings and upgrade to Ensignia Mail.
This is one of the reasons for the continuing rise of Ensignia’s popularity. It’s a system that presents an easy upgrade alternative to SquirrelMail, preserves its solid core base but adds the all functionality that the users are looking for: elegant themes, mobile support, drag-and-drop, etc.
Recently some major hosting providers, like BlueHost or HostMonster, decided to discontinue offering SquirrelMail to their clients and replace it with Ensignia. This way they were able to keep their clients’ settings intact and increase the value of their service at a relatively low cost.
So what’s the future of the most webmail programs? It’s most likely that SquirrelMail will slowly continue losing popularity because of its lack of modern interface. Ensignia will continue rising as an alternative because it offers a well-rounded package of everything the users need. Roundcube will continue gaining users as well, although its lack of native mobile support is something that will need to be addressed by the authors if they hope for their momentum to continue. Horde has been losing ground recently as they continue to struggle with a confusing interface and email display problems. Once those problems are overcome, it might start on an uphill climb again like Ensignia and Roundcube.
(Of course our comparison only includes solutions that are based on open source and don’t use restrictive licenses for user account creation.)
So it seems like the future looks bright for Ensignia and Roundcube! If you haven’t tested them yet, you can use our demos for both systems:
Username: test (at) nutsmail.com