You are an OVHcloud customer. Do you know that the French internet provider offers an open-source webmail service called Roundcube? Thanks to it you will be able to read, send and manage your mails directly from any web browser. Connection, interface, sending of message, here is all you need to know about Roundcube.
Why opt for a professional address
The email has become one of the most used communication channels. You probably already have one or more email addresses. There are several email services on the net. But are you sure that this one corresponds perfectly to your needs?
Nowadays, the image is very important. A company (or a freelancer) with a professional email address has more credibility than a competitor using a generic email such as Yahoo, Gmail or Outlook. And these addresses are easier to remember.
As a reminder, a professional email address is an email address using the domain name (the part after the arobase) of your website (or the name of your company). And contrary to what many people think, it doesn’t cost much.
If you already have web hosting with OVHcloud, you can very easily create a professional address without spending a single cent. Most web hosting packages offer one or more free business addresses. These are included in the package. To create it you will just have to follow the following procedure.
- Open your web browser on your computer
- Go to the OVH website by typing the following address: https://www.ovhcloud.com/en/
- Click on the tab My customer account
- Enter your login details
- Click on your domain name
- Select the option E-mails then follow the instructions displayed on the screen
- Repeat this operation as many times as necessary
The operation takes a few minutes. You will still have to wait a little while until the account is available. We will then see in the following section how to send and receive mail from your new address.
How Roundcube works
Now that you have just created your professional email address, you will be happy to know that OVHcloud (formerly OVH) provides you with a webmail. For those who don’t know, the term webmail refers to the web interface that allows you to send, read and receive your messages.
This is accessible from any web browser. To access it, you just have to type the webmail URL in the address field, enter your login information and that’s it. No configuration (pop3, imap, smtp servers) is necessary.
The webmail offers all the essential functions to manage your mails (search by keyword, creation of folders and even the possibility to add an automatic signature). Obviously nothing prevents you from using in parallel your usual email software such as Outlook for example.
- Open your web browser
- Go to the OVH website available at this address: https://www.ovhcloud.com/fr/
- Click on the webmail tab
- Enter your email address as well as its password
- Wait a few seconds for the interface to load and recover your messages. Because contrary to an email program, emails are not stored on your machine
- Once connected, you will find your folders in the left column: inbox, outbox, recycle garbage can, spam box
- On the right hand side of the screen, you will be able to see the list of your messages with different information (the name of the sender, the subject, the status of the message read or not read, the size of the email as well as the presence or not of attachments)
- If a message is marked as tracked, you will see a small red flag
- To read a message, just click on it
- A new toolbar will appear at the top of the window proposing different actions: reply, reply to all, forward, delete, junk, mark.
The More button will offer you different additional options such as printing a message, seeing the full source or downloading the email in eml format. As you can see, Roundcube offers a multitude of features.
But its great strength is to be accessible regardless of the platform used (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android or iOS). There is also a Roundcube application on the Play Store. However, the interface does not adapt to the screen size. So you’ll have to keep going back and forth with the scrollbars, not to mention the bugs. In short, it is better to access via the web browser of your smartphone