why doesn’t dreamhost allow you to use IMAP? I want to create my own email program with a custom look to fit my website instead of the regular

I imagine they’re asking why PHP is compiled without IMAP support.

Don’t have a direct answer for you, but see the articles in the kbase section on PHP:

This has some information on what we support, why we don’t support everything but the kitchen sink in our mod_php installation, and some information on building your own PHP if you need functionality not included in our installation.

Note that some PHP apps (Squirrelmail, for example) don’t rely on these libraries, and can read IMAP mailboxes even if PHP isn’t built with IMAP extensions.

when i tried it in php it didn’t work…