I need to create a contact us form on my website using DW and have researched how and understand the easiest way is using a php script. Unfortuntately, my webhost server does not support this and will charge me an arm and a leg in order to to do it. Is there another way to have a functioning contact form not using a php script?
Yes and no.
You could use a mailto link for your form action instead of a PHP script.
There are several problems with this method though. First, when you do that, you are at the mercy of the viewer's computer set-up. Mailto links use whatever email client is installed on the machine in order to send the message. Public computers (libraries, colleges, etc) almost never have an email client installed, so when a viewer on one of those machines clicks the link, nothing happens. Secondly, your email address is open for spam harvesters, so you may end up with enlargement and nigerian scam emails flooding your inbox.
Since your provider doesn't give you a way to do it the right way on your server, you may want to look into email form services online and see if they are less expensive than your current alternative.
Time to change your hosting provider. And when you change your hosting provider, tell your old one why you made the change.
They're truly idiots. php is open source and is free for the asking. php.net has instructions that are fairly easy to follow (and I'm not a server propeller-head like the person who would be installing it would be).
This is why we don't recommend GoDaddy for hosting because they limit php or don't install it (as well as install thousands of websites on one slow server). To all hosting providers out there: If you are not including php, you are not providing the basic minimums for hosting.
I just started with this company and it is their existing web host that I am trying to work with. $9 a month for basic hosting services which has been all thats necessary so far, but if we want php, it bumps it up to $50 a month. redick. Intermedia is the name of the company and I think the only reason we use them is because of another service they offer us. I am just trying to figure out what my options are as I would like to have a contact us form on our web page.
Thanks for the comments, and please let me know if there are any other options.
Do they support other types of server side scripting in your plan, like ASP? Most popular hosts provide PHP or ASP at less than $9/month so you need to determine what special feature they are giving you for that price. There might be something extra they are providing you, or they could just be ripping you off.
A bump from $9 / mo to $50 implies you're on a Win IIS server and not a Linux server. So you should probably be looking for an ASP or ASP.net script instead of PHP.
Forms to Go from Bebosoft (script generating software)
Wufoo.com (on-line form service)
Dreamweaver is the only way they can control their website and I am in charge of their website and I am not a coder. Basically thrown into it. BUT the news I just received is, our current plan with Intermedia is $9/mo for webhosting and it DOES NOT support PHP or ASP.net. It can of course for an upcharge to $25/mo handle ASP but not PHP. I did get the OK to look at new webhosting providers as it is not connected to our email hosting as I thought earlier. Is there a webhost that stands out over others? Keep in mind, I am no tech nor a website guru so keeping it simple is ideal. What should I look for?