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Hi I am looking to create a Contact Me Page in Dreamweaver using a Form. When the submit button is clicked I want the data to move seamlessly into the mailto: emails address attached. The problem is the system keeps trying to contact a mail server or something and the Submit buttons does not send the email. I assume I have to write some php or cgi script. Can anybody please advise? Also I am hosting with IXWebhosting.com and they have an automatic generation for websites. When I create a Contact Me  window using this, it works correctly.

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by:yessirnosir
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I used the "Feedback Form Wizard" on this page:  http://www.thesitewizard.com/wizards/feedbackform.shtml to create a php-based feedback form for a couple of sites.  It worked well.  One issue I had is that a couple of months after posting the form, some hacker or hacker-bot got a hold of my form and flooded my inbox with spam, so I had to add a "captcha" to the form.
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by:PKS6A
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Hi Thanks for the site above, however this only deals with Name, Email and Also Comment. I am looking to add more than these fields in my Feedback Form. What do you think?

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Des
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Once you have the basic framework setup by that wizard, it is easy to add more fields.  I'm no php wizard, but found it straightforward to modify the script.  If you need some help with that, let me know.

I just noticed there is a full tutorial on that site about how to use the form with Dreamweaver:  http://www.thesitewizard.com/gettingstarted/dreamweaver6.shtml

Also, one thing I remember that tripped me up -- and I use IX Webhosting as well -- is that the mail server will only send mail from an IX domain, to prevent abuse of their mail server.  So no matter what approach you use, you'll need to make sure the "from" address isn't the user's e-mail address, but instead is something related to your website, eg. I hard-coded the "from" address in the script as "webmaster@mydomain.com", while keeping the user's addess in the "reply-to" field.  If you decide to try this and have any problems, let me know.
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Excellent thanks for the assistance. Regarding your email issue highlighted above, if I have an email address which is setup as part of the domain, will this be OK or will I have to use the webmaster address? I have created a number of email addresses des@nojob2big.com for example, will this work as my From address?

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Des
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yes, it will work fine with any e-mail address you have created.  just remembered on a different site I created "feedback@mydomain.com" for the single purpose of collecting mail from the form.  Then I set up an auto-forward in the IX control panel to send all that e-mail to my real address, so the "feedback" address never needs to be checked.
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