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fishugly
12-13-2006, 10:47 PM
I'm looking for something for "dummies". I thought I found it here: http://webdesign.about.com/cs/dreamweaver/ht/htdwmailtoform.htm

Seemed easy enough but I couldn't get it to work (when I'd "submit", my email program comes up).

I searched these forums and found the following but, as easy as it is/should be, I still don't understand it. :confused: http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/dreamweaver-php-form.php

Any other "email form" tutorials out there that a fledgling novice might be able to follow? I'd just do an email link but don't care to limit my contacts to only those who have email programs (maybe that wouldn't be many though??).

domedia
12-13-2006, 11:59 PM
I searched these forums and found the following but, as easy as it is/should be, I still don't understand it. :confused: http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/dreamweaver-php-form.php It's not going to be as easy as writing html no matter how you look at it. Why don't we start with the tutorial and what you don't understand? :)

chriskq
12-14-2006, 02:24 AM
or you can take the easy option like this:

http://www.ibdhost.com/contact/

worry about getting the functionality working first, then worry about the styling.

ps - you'll need a host that can handle php.

davidj
12-14-2006, 05:51 AM
i dont think fishugly is ready for php just yet chris

he needs to understand html first

fishugly
12-14-2006, 02:17 PM
What's html?? Jus kiddn'. Thanks for the helpful replies, everyone.

Perhaps my question should be: do I really need an email form anyway? As I understand, the form is at its handiest for those who do not have email programs on their computer (TB, OE, etc). What if I were to just have a clickable "email link" for those w/ email programs...then, have my email visible but not clickable for those who don't have programs? For those using Hotmail etc, they could just copy & paste my email. Not very glamorous but wouldn't that keep spam down a little and still offer ALL users a way in which to contact me?

Of course, if there's anyone out there wishing to do a little pro bono PHP work...;-)

davidj
12-14-2006, 02:27 PM
What's html?? Jus kiddn'.


I am so pleased you added the just kiddn bit at the end

i was just about to shoot myself through the eye!

chriskq
12-15-2006, 02:40 AM
Mm sorry about jumping the gun there DJ and fishugly..

one tip i will give u for doing mailto links is visit here and use their email riddler to avoid spam being sent to ur receivers email address (and it does happen)
http://www.dynamicdrive.com/emailriddler/

also the mailto link can be more powerful than you think.
Take a look at this site i did a while ago back (yes in tables... thats how old in my books)

http://www.best-international.com.au/1_Talent_Index.htm
and click on 'Click here to obtain the Full Version PDF'

check out my source code to figure out how i did it if you like all the extra stuff you can add to a mailto link

davidj
12-15-2006, 05:55 AM
Any other "email form" tutorials out there that a fledgling novice might be able to follow? I'd just do an email link but don't care to limit my contacts to only those who have email programs (maybe that wouldn't be many though??).


when you click a mailto link that will launch your defined mail program. This is what a mailto does.

to use a form you will need a script to handle mail like PHP or PERL.

fishugly
12-15-2006, 03:35 PM
Evidently, I don't understand how spammers get ones email address:?. DavidJ, if I'm understanding correctly, inserting an email link won't protect me (or offer limited protection) from spammers, correct?

Does putting up a non-clickable email address (forcing people to copy & paste) give any more protection? I know it isn't "professional" but I'm just curious.

Chriskq,

No worries. And thanks for those links:-). Emailriddler looks interesting but I still don't know how to implement something like that...as elementary as it may seem.

I'm thinking that until I gain a better understanding of this stuff, I may just have to go with something less than optimal (insert>email link) then deal with it later:-(.

davidj
12-15-2006, 03:41 PM
Does putting up a non-clickable email address (forcing people to copy & paste) give any more protection?


No as there are bots that harvest email addresses. They just look for email formats.

chriskq
12-17-2006, 09:37 AM
using something like chris [at] hotmail dot com helps

break it down and trick the email bots