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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Whitley Bay, UK

    Input form & replies (for a novice)


    I am new to all this xhtml and css business, but with a bit of practise, seem to be getting there.

    So far, I have not really bothered with input forms, although the initial xhtml bit doesn't look too difficult.

    I think I would now like a simple contact form for my website (under construction) with a small textarea, maybe a space for an e-mail and that's all.

    BUT !!! herte's the bit I don't understand

    How do I (as the webmaster) get the reply ?

    Is there a way to have the input simply e-mailed to me ?

    What is needed .. is it javascript or whatever ?

    Are there any simple downloadable scripts ?

    The site will be hosted by http://www.vidahost.com/ if that helps in any way

    I was going just to have a mailto link, but decided that mifght produce too much spam.

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2005
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    In order to actually send an enquiry form you need some kind of server side scripting language such as PHP.

    Check out this simple contact form as an example.

    Let me know if you need any more help.
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    yes, PHP is the easiest way to do what you are thinking of, without using the mailto: tag.

    There is an excellent tutorial I recommend on how to build a basic html form that uses a PHP script to do what you wanted.

    This PHP file you create will get the information the user has entered into your html form, and email the information to the email address specified.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Whitley Bay, UK
    Many thanks Biostall and Westweb

    I'll look into both options and see which one is the better, ior maybe they are actually pretty similar.

    Yes1 Westweb that W3Schools site is fantastic, I initially learnt all about html and css there; their 'try it yourself' option is very good indeed and certainly helps to clarify things.

    thanks again !


    ps Do the automated email robots still pick up email addresses if done this way ?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2010


    Here is the simple PHP form:

    1: create a simple HTML file : contact.htm

    <form method="POST" action="form_handler.php">
    <input type="text" name="name" size="19"><br>
    <input type="text" name="email" size="19"><br>
    <textarea rows="9" name="message" cols="30"></textarea>
    <input type="submit" value="Send" name="submit">

    2: PHP handler File: form_handler.php

    if(isset($_POST['submit'])) {

    $to = "you@yourdomain.com";
    $subject = "New Contact";
    $name_field = $_POST['name'];
    $email_field = $_POST['email'];
    $message = $_POST['message'];

    $body = "From: $name_field\n E-Mail: $email_field\n Message:\n $message";

    echo "Thanking you for contacting me at: $to!";
    mail($to, $subject, $body);

    } else {

    echo "Oopss!! Some Error occured, Plz go back and send it again";


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