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Posted on 2009-04-13
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I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to php.  I am putting a contact form on my sister's webpage, but I have no idea how to make it take the information input by the user and send it to the email address she wanted me to use.  My hosting is on godaddy.com and they created two php files on the root directory when her hosting account was created.  It is being hosted on a Linux server.  The two php files created are webformmailer.php and gdform.php.  What additional code do I need to use to get the input to the email address?  Thanks in advance.  
<center><form method="post" action="webformmailer.php">
       Name: <input name="name" type="text"><br />
       Email: <input name="email" type="text"><br>
       Message:<br>
<textarea name="message" rows="15" cols="40"></textarea><br>
<input type="submit">
</form></center>

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This is all you need to make that work:
<?php
// webformmailer.php
 
$name = $_REQUEST['name'];
$email = $_REQUEST['email'];
$message = $_REQUEST['message']."\r\nSent From: ".$email;
$to = "where_you_want_to_send_it@hotmail.com";
$subject = "Web Form Email!";
 
mail($to, $subject, $message, "From: " . $email);
?>

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by:fuzzyjon79
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Okay, thanks.  One additional question, where would I put confirmation messages on telling the user that the message was sent successfully?  Right now, when the submit button is clicked, it jumps back to the index.html page.  I would like to display a simple message stating that the form was sent successfully.  Thanks.  
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by:Michel Plungjan
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I do this - I believe you need to log on to godaddy and set up who is the recipient:



<script type="text/javascript">
function validate(theForm) {
  if (theForm.email.value=="") {
    alert('Please enter an email address');
    theForm.email.focus();
    return false;
  }
  theForm.action="gdform.php"; // helps cut down on robots
  return true;
}
</script>
 
<form action="#" method="post" onSubmit="return validate(this)">
<input type="hidden" name="subject" value="Mail from my site">
<input type="hidden" name="redirect" value="thankyou.html">
Name: <input name="name" type="text"><br />
Email: <input name="email" type="text"><br>
Message:<br>
<textarea name="message" rows="15" cols="40"></textarea><br>
<input type="submit">
</form>

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by:fuzzyjon79
ID: 24138227
Okay, I've got the form working correctly now.  The only problem I have is that when the user clicks the submit button, they get no confirmation message.  What code would I add to keep them on the same page and just display a "Your message was sent successfully" confirmation message?  Also, would I add it to the webformmailer.php file or the contacts page?  
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by:Michel Plungjan
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You can use AJAX or do it the old fashioned way

Keep the script I gave you but change the action to webfommailer.php and have

<form action="#" method="post" onSubmit="return validate(this)" target="thankyouFrame">
<input type="hidden" name="redirect" value="thankyou.html">

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<iframe src="about:blank" name="thankyouFrame" width="200" height="20"></iframe>

and in your thankyou.html have
<h2>Your message was sent successfully</h2>

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by:Michel Plungjan
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Hmm
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