A question for the curious!

About how hard would it be to create and run a website that hosts email accounts? Also, what else would you have to know besides HTML? Any help will be greatly appreciated!



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  • : About how hard would it be to create and run a website that hosts email accounts? Also, what else would you have to know besides HTML? Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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    ehmm ... you need your own mail-server :-), though there are probably some good free smtp or pop servers available
    a little cgi-script knowledge for the login page, not sure how much security you were thinking about ?


  • Security kind of like Hotmail! It's not like i'm going to fully make my own big email service, I was just wondering what all is needed to create one!


  • : Security kind of like Hotmail! It's not like i'm going to fully make my own big email service, I was just wondering what all is needed to create one!
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    i;ve given it some extra thought,
    you need a webserver offcourse :-)
    Apache is good, and free http://www.apache.org
    Mail servers can be found at http://www.tucows.com/ ... not sure if they're any good.
    Cgi-scripts for the log-inn stuff and retrieving/sending mail etc, support is alredy built into apache (I believe). You could also use php http://www.php.net
    A database might also be a good idea, for storing usernames and passwords, MySQL is good http://www.mysql.com

    hmmm ... that's about it


  • Ok, thanks dude!



  • If you want to develope your system on a windows NT server and have the money to get started, I'd try using ASP, CDO and EXCHANGE.

    I've done some intresting systems with this technology including Knowledgebases where users can post articals from outlook into public folders or email the message to the server. The code is there in the OWA (Outlook Web Accesss) example to make a full email system, you could easily just go and play around with the code to customize it instead of starting from scratch.

    As I mentioned though, this is an expensive approach requireing a windows NT / 2k server, IIS, and Exchange. MS Small Buisness Server would contain all of this and I believe it costs somewhere around 4000 CDN, which would be about $2500 US I think.

    Just throwing out an idea for you
    Ben

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