Today a user called and complained, that their WebMail is so slow and they want another solution.
That's a normal reaction.
There's always something better isn't there? - or - the analogy - my computer is weird, let's re-install !
NO - as a sysop, technician, programmer and curious one too - I always want to look under the hood. As a teenager I did take things apart, frequently too, resulting in a number of loose screws when trying to reassemble an old car, my bike, the lawnmover, chainsaw, another lawnmover - and so on.
SO - what to respond to the end-user with the slow webmail. They do experience a problem, and of course there is a solution, or multiple - but first what is the cause or causes? Without knowing the cause, why take action.
EXAMINE - is what I did. The inbox contained 650MB and thousands of e-mails - over IMAP - now that's slow no matter what server/client solution we'd choose. Other reasons, massive amounts of folders.
CURE - Organize!, throw out the old - do a traditional cleaning. No one likes to live in a mess, with years of old stuff - that's why we clean our homes regularly. So keep the inbox clean, only with the messages that you need to work with/reply to. Catalog the rest, off the server in the client imap. If you worry about backup - you can always synchronize a local client IMAP folder with the server folder at any time.
but is that really interesting to me? -