I'm not a fan of building web forms and up to just recently I used a sweet little program that I could whip out long complicated forms in a few minutes, but, it uses flash and in today's world, that's a no-no.
Has anyone found or uses a simple form building software that isn't a monthly service, that doesn't go through someone elses server, that basically uses php and is quick and easy to load with minimal programming knowledge.
I used to use coffee cups form builder and even bought the new one, but the new magically only works on their servers and form owners have to login to their server to obtain the information and it's a monthly fee.
So you're basically searching for a web form script to implement on your own server. The trouble is that, while you can find such scripts almost everywhere (starting with w3schools, which I highly recommend you use) it definitely requires you do server-side coding on your own, and of course CSS styling and all. by hand.
Remotely hosting your own forms is not such a bad alternative, imho. I personally use 123ContactForm to manage my agency's and clients forms (for job recruiting and stuff). It has a free basic plan too (well, I'm on the paid one, since I need extended features). They have truly reliable servers and I can access the database with form submissions at any time, or export them to CSV. I also use their domain aliasing feature, to host forms on my own domain with no mention of 123ContactForm, which looks really good in the eyes of our customers.
As for the connection, there's an option to use SSL encrypted data so no security breaches. Plus if it's to worry about injection and other attacks, it's their problem not mine However, they do great on this, I had no such case to mention.