Web-based email services

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    Web-based email services

    Where do i start? how do you actually setup a web-based email website? what is the resources needed at a minimum cost?

    What do i need? how do i begin ? Do i need a server? do i need a proggy? . . .

    Do i run it under microsoft server or linux server?
    Of course i need a database, what kinda and how much ?
    what would be the cost just to setup?

    im just bored ROFL


    i am quite impressed with www.myrealbox.com www.operamail.com

    but i do hate hotmail.com, too much spamm
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    Yahoo Mail is IMO the best free web-based deal you can get. Heaps of space, no spam, plus access to other Yahoo Services (such as GeoCities, Briefcase, Groups). Sure Yahoo is now owned by Microsoft, but it is still pretty good (for the moment ).

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    Yahoo is Microsoft's now? I thought microsoft already hadf hotmail

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    I don't know if they own Yahoo Inc. outright, but I do know they own a substantial chunk.

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    lets say you wanna setup a free web-based email ? how would you implement that ? what kinda of resources do you need ?

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    U would need a OS first of all linux will be a good choice ..then u would need a mail transfer software like send mail ... well that all i know
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    what about the database?

    where are you gonna store all the mail??


    do i need my own server or i can host it somewhere else?

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    I'm pretty sure there's a free service that gives you a sub-domain of their's which had your own customisable (sp?) email service, but I can't remember what it was called and I don't know if even exists anymore! LOl.

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    well i am now working on my college project.. Building a mail server.. Well it is not as hard as it may seem..

    I am using Java Servlets and Oracle Database.. you can also do this with ASP and any database... You need nothing else.. With java Servlets there is an Mail API which takes care of sendin and recevon maill.. Not much idea about ASP..


    1 ) Well first i used an access database... A register page in ASP.. The page registers a user with all the details and stores it in the database

    2) The database contains a common table by name mails which contains the fields mail id, mail from, mail to, subject, details..(My mail server does not support attachements for now..)

    3) there is a login Servlet page... When the user logins.. A cookie is written to the client machine..( I some how prefered using the login as a URL parameter .. but any one using the parameter with a diffeent username can enyter the inbox...)

    4) The inbox comes.. It takes the cookie value and with the username searches the database for received messages and writes a link to the inbox...

    5) When clicked retrives the message from the inbox and sets the read flag from 1 to 0 indicating read.. and in the HTML part <B> is controlled.....

    For receiving and sending mail AP is used.. If the mail is to be only sent within the server then this is not needed and it is much more easy to design..


    My projject is just half way through.. So if you intrested and if you know how to program in (Java Servlets, ASP, HTML and knowledge of SQL query's) you are free to join me in my project...

    and since i use access for now..(Oracle still in table designing) i have a limitation of number of character in the mail and does not suppport HTML and stuff....

    A mail server is some what similar to the Private message in this board with extra features(send and receive messages with other servers..)... This board uses PHP to make the PM work... ASP can also be used(for Windows Platform..) and Servlets if the webserver supports it...

    there are many ASP webspace providers..(for free..) one of them is www.domaindlx.com.. But i am looking for a provider supportin servlets to host my mail server...


    Bye
    vasanth
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    vasath, that is so coool. . .
    well i would love to join you but , knowledge of computers is still insufficient.
    what is your current cost the moment??

    i would assume this forum uses php , and i have came across this link , maybe you can check it out . .



    Check here
    Last edited by hermit; 09-08-2002 at 07:50 PM.

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    Well i would prefer snitz froum which is better... it is an ASP forum.. you can get it at www.forum.snitz.com but this does not satisfys your need of a mail server.. It is just a Discussion forum....


    Well cost wise.. i have incured any cost so far since i am usign my local machine to test my mail server project... it is not a prefessional one.. I am just doing it to get more exposed to practical applications...


    bye
    vasanth

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    Originally posted by datainjector
    U would need a OS first of all linux will be a good choice ..then u would need a mail transfer software like send mail ... well that all i know
    freebsd or openbsd imho would be better suitted for this line of server... and stay away from sendmail it is notoriously insecure look into postfix or qmail

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