View Full Version : Please help me understand something!

02-13-2003, 01:35 PM
Okay, I am very much a novice at web design, and I have a question about submitting forms. And I need this in as jargon free terms as possible lol

I understand about making the fields for people to leave their information, I understand how to get the buttons made, what I dont understand is where you get this information to go. Is it to your e-mail address? Or somewhere else.
I want to put a feedback form on a web site for my parents, and I can get it pretty well all set up until the point where people submit it!
What do I need to do to direct this information to me? I have managed to work out a message even telling people that the information has been sent.......
Just cant figure out where to!!!!

Hope this makes some kind of sense.


02-13-2003, 01:45 PM
you have all the options in the world. It just depends on what you want to do with the information.
The easiest way is to add this in your form tag
<form action="mailto:you@somewhere.com" method="post" enctype="text/plain">this will e-mail you the form using the mail client from the user. this is important now, because if the user doesn't have a default mail manager setup (i.e. outlook, outlook express, or even hotmail) the form wont send.
Then there's the other thing you can do with server side scripting, but that's in a different forum.
bonus info...
<form action="mailto:you@somewhere.com?subject=Web Site Feedback" method="post" enctype="text/plain">this will send a predetermined subject line, so that the person receieving the feedback results knows that this particukar email they are stairing at is a feedback form their site.

02-13-2003, 06:13 PM
Dear Anthony,

Thanks so much for that reply....... we would want a valid e-mail contact address, so that is one way of achieving it....
I assume server side scripting allows you to post the form somewhere other than at your e-mail addy.
I will have to go off now and trawl through the other forum! *god help me*
Thanks again, your reply is really appreciated.
And a great place here to come and sort out queries! Other peoples requests/answers have already helped me enormously!
So big thank you all round to the MB ppl.....:thumbsup:

02-13-2003, 07:52 PM
you could just a check® with the 'host'...aka where your parents website is just a sitting® n' see what theyyy have to offer...most just a provide® you the service of form submission via cgi or php methods...

n' as for the mailto method???
1...not just a reliable®
2...most viewers dont like the 'privacy' aspect of it...theyyyd rather just a supply® you with just a return/public® email just a ddress® vs the one thattt usually is their isp identity :O(((

02-14-2003, 03:16 AM
thats a good point justame
if you are using a free host, some companies offer ways to accomplish this.
you could also download your own server side script ( this is the best way to mail through a form ) at hotscripts.com (http://www.hotscripts.com), you can check there stuff, just see what your host supports

02-14-2003, 10:49 AM
Many thanks for all your help. Unfortunately it looks like the web hosts doesnt support CGI..... so what exactly do I need to look for to try and get around this problem, to save using the e-mail format?
Are their any sites out there that you know of...... preferably free lol that allow your to use their server to post the information to. I have learnt alot in the last 24 hours about Forms, mostly thanks to your help here...... and boy is it a steep learning curve! But I think, for the most part I have done okay!! Even if at times I feel completely :confused:
Regarding the Server side script, what should I be looking out for to get what you suggest cg9com?
Again thanks for your comments.... sorry I am such a novice at this! Must seem so obvious to you guys.

02-14-2003, 10:57 AM
if you want it emailed to you, i think the asp moderator whammy has got a script on his site that you can point the form to and it will send it to your email: www.solidscripts.com

02-14-2003, 03:35 PM
there is one thing to be looking for "just_beginning"
some remotely hosted server side script, i think i heard Mhtml is going to have something like that too... also i was saying, some free hosts offer "free web tools" for your site, most have guestboks ect. you can look into that, the hotscripts website is premade scripts, some of which do what your offering, but you need the server side support.

02-18-2003, 01:18 AM
That's exactly what my formmail.asp script does... unfortunately I've made it a bit tricky to sign up at the moment, but the formmail still works as great as ever...

P.S. Thanks, redhead.