create an email form with webformdesigner


So, does WebFormDesigner create my web pages?
I've created a form - now what?
What about using "mailto:myaddress@mywebsite.com" instead of a script?
What I see isn't exactly what I get!
What about hidden fields?
How do I get the code into Dreamweaver?
How do I get the code into SiteSpinner?
How do I get the code into Front Page?
Your sample script ends in .php - what is that?
My host doesn't allow scripts of any kind
Why are my emails delayed?


So, does WebFormDesigner create my web pages?
No, not completely. What WebFormDesigner does is create the complex code to produce your form. What you do is then copy this code into your usual web page design program.

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I've created a form - now what?
Apart from incorporating it into your web page, you'll need some means of handling the contents of the form. This may be a script on your server, for example, that takes the information contained in the form and e-mails it to you - or it could send the information to a payment processor, such as PayPal. In any case, you will need some kind of handler. WebFormDesigner comes with a simple PHP form-to-mail script to get you started.

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What about using "mailto:
myaddress@mywebsite.com" instead of a script?
Whilst you can do this, we wouldn't recommend it. Firstly, it exposes your email address directly on your page -perfect for spammers who regularly search pages for this kind of info. Secondly, the "mailto" format does not necessarily work in all browsers, especially older versions. Using a form-to-mail type script is quite straightforward and easy to do - works in all browsers and doesn't broadcast your email address! Or you could just sign up for our free form service - click here to read more.

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What I see isn't exactly what I get!
The problem with WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors for web pages is that all browsers are not created equal. What appears fine in Internet Explorer may not look the same in Mozilla, and so on. Most of the time these differences are minor, but it is always a good idea to check out the look of your web pages in a variety of browsers.

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What about hidden fields?
Yes, you can insert hidden fields into your form. These would typically be the form's "subject" field, or perhaps details of a transaction. Select Edit -> Show form properties to access the hidden fields table.

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How do I get the code into Dreamweaver?
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How do I get the code into SiteSpinner?
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How do I get the code into Front Page?

Most other web design programs will operate in a similar way to these examples.

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Your sample script ends in .php - what is that?
PHP is short for "Hypertext PreProcessor" (yes, I know the letters are in the wrong order)
It is an open source, server-side, HTML embedded scripting language. Most hosts offer php as a feature, and this enables you to run various scripts on your server. If php isn't available to you, you could look into other scripting languages such as Perl.

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My host doesn't allow scripts of any kind
Then you can use ours! We have set up a free form-to-email service that works perfectly with WebFormDesigner. To read more about it click here

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Why are my emails delayed?
Read this article to explain how emails are transmitted.

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