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Apr 10, 2013 3:14 AM

Hi Guys,


I am new to the forums, and recently new to DWCS6.


I previously wrote a simple website in DW4 many moons ago, and have come back to the latest and greatest in order to throw together a website.


I am producing a contact us page, and used an online resource that has generated for me the php pages etc with all the required fields.(courtesy of


I have then tried to iframe this php form in my webpage (html pages), and the outcome is disappointing. I see several elements of PHP visible in the form, and things like the security / antispam validation do not appear at all.


below is a snippet of what I see....




Has anybody any suggestions for a newbie on how to fix this? This is my first real venture beyond HTML, so I am new to most of it.

  • Jim Carpenter
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    Apr 6, 2006
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    Apr 10, 2013 5:16 AM   in reply to

    It has to have a php extension to work. It can't be html unless your server is set to process html as php.



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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    Apr 10, 2013 5:26 AM   in reply to

    Why are you using an iFrame? Why cant you directly make a .php file and put in your form in it?


    Make a .php file to parse PHP content. Period.

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    Apr 10, 2013 9:37 AM   in reply to

    >The form has a .php extension which is why I believed that it should be ok.


    Correct. If the embedded form page has a php extension then it should work. The parent page can be html. Are you sure that php is enabled on your server?

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    Apr 10, 2013 3:15 PM   in reply to

    >I believe the host does permit php when it gets that far

    >however is there an option needed in dw to advise itself php is in use?


    You need to install a test server that is running php if you want to preview php pages.

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    Apr 10, 2013 3:38 PM   in reply to

    #1 Install a Local Testing Server on your machine.

         Win - get Wamp or Xampp

         Mac - get Xampp or Mamp


    #2 Move your local site files to the designated folder in your Testing Server.  Either www for Wamp or htdocs if using the others.


    #3 In DW, go to Site > Manage Sites and edit your site definition to add a Testing Server.  See screenshots below.







    For more details, see Setting up a PHP environment in Dreamweaver 



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    Apr 10, 2013 3:40 PM   in reply to bregent

    Or, just simply mount it on a web server that offers php (GoDaddy's cheap servers don't). Put what you are working on and aren't ready to show to the public in a /test/ folder on that server (php doesn't care where your page is, the server simply interprets the code.


    And the page with the php has to end with the .php extension, which will tell your server to interpret the code.


    You can work with php in two ways: Dreamweaver kind of encourages putting php stuff in-line with HTML on a page. People who write a lot of php code like the HTML page to call an external php file. That way everything is separate.


    But if your HTML pages have php code in them, you must give it the extension .php and not .html or .htm

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    Apr 11, 2013 10:01 AM   in reply to

    .html pages are static.  They do not parse data or execute scripts.


    PHP is a server-side programming language for creating dynamic sites.  The .php file extension tells the server to execute PHP scripts & parse data (usually from a MySql database) into web pages.   PHP does not create clean URLs. 


    This web forum uses ColdFusion as its programming language. In other words, all the pages on this site have .cfm file extensions.



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