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How can I wrap the template around my mailto form?

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Hello Experts!

I created a custom form in a Joomla 1.5.x article and it works great! However the action="/custom/myform.php" page is not "branded". How can I brand (i.e. make it look like the template) this page? I am open to rewriting myform.php if need be. The functions performed by myform.php are:

1) Display a "thank you" message to the user.
2) PHP mail to send the data to the user and designated recipient.
3) Conditionally call fsockopen to send the data to another server.

Can I put myform.php in another Joomla article and somehow call it? Can I display a "thank you" message using Javascript and then call a PHP file to send email and call fsockopen?

Thank you!
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Probably the easiest way is to submit the form to itself, and then include your code in a conditional structure on the same form ( that checks whether the form was submitted or not before executing the code).
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by:timburkart
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Hi psimation!

Thank for your suggestion. Would it be possible to give me a code snippet for checking whether the form was submitted? I suspect that I should use action="<?php echo $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']; ?>" and method="post" but am unsure as to how to check for self submission.

Thank you!
Tim
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You can check for any of the form values you submit.

For instance, if you have a "submit" button, that has a name "submit" and value "submit", then the act of submitting the form to itself will create a variable called "$submit" that has "submit" as it's value.

You could simply use an :

if (isset($submit)){
do your code here
} else {
echo the form
}
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