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Old 09-20-2005, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to add form mail to a website and I just don't see how it works. I looked at a friends server and they have form mail working on theres but I just don't see the scripts or how it all gets put together. I see the htm files that people fill out and the thankyou page that they see after they submit the form. How does it get put together..

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Form mail is pretty straight forward. They are easiest to do on a Unix server (about 85% of all servers are Unix). I usually use a variant of Matt's Formmail. The one I use has the security fixes and also will allow responses to have data written to a datafile on the server. It can send email responses, auto respond, etc. It uses Perl (which virtually all Unix servers have already installed). Then its just a matter of creating the form and pointing the form at the script. Here is an example of its use on one of my sites:

http://dwso.com/contact_.html

I have this one set up to send me an email with the info typed in and to then redirect the visitor to a thankyou page.

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Mike,
If you are looking at your friends site and want to know how his is set up, look for the "form action=" line in his htm file of the page people fill out. That will tell you the location of the gizmo that handles the form data when the visitor hits the submit button. The type of gizmo (code) depends on the server and the site designer. I use PHP which is a programming language; Mr Smith uses Perl, another very common language. Some use other types of cgi scripts or executables to accomplish this. There are some very good pre-made solutions to this, such as Matt’s Perl script.

rfs's post uses the following action line dwso.com/cgi-bin/formmail.cgi this points to a program in the cgi-bin directory that contains the Perl script formmail.cgi.

most hosting providers offer a similar setup even with the most basic webhosting packages.

This is a brief overview, there are lots of issues including security that I did not address but I hope it improves your understanding.

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To make this even mo' easy -- check with your web host. A good host will have a number of options for you to use. Different hosting platforms will require different solutions.
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