I have build this quite big site: globalcastingcenter dot com where talents have their profiles and casting directors post their auditions. This is done with web apps, they can also contact each other. This is where I face the biggest deadend. BC doesnt offer internal messaging from which this web portal would benefit big deal and although it's possible to create forms which send e-mails to web app item submitors (talents or casting directors) i cant style those. Message information is put into the table and columns are called Value and Form which looks very system cold.
BC, please could you let me know when we can expect internal messaging between app item submitors or when it will be possible to style this e-mail that I'v mentioned above.
Other experts do you have any idea how could I overcome this huge messaging problem? I had thoughts of redirecting the messages automatically with this scenario: server gets this tablish message, it uses values in the table, populates styled template with these values and sends the final message to the final recipient. I believe this solution is too bold and it's also quite expensive considering the quote i've got from one back end developer I know.
Please do advise. Any help is highly appreciated. If anyone knows someone that can accomplish this scenario that I've mentioned above please let me kow as well.
Thanks in advance for your replies.
Do not expect that feature any time soon. I do not even see that being a feature this year.
Considering all that is going on and required to be finished and sorted a lot more is/will need to be done.
In terms of what you can do I have done things like used the refer a friend form which you can style and use that to send emails out to the needed people. I have submitted multiple web forms with ajax etc as well.
You have the custom fields for the people and emails (if not you can add them) and you can use those to send emails off to people, you just do not have a workflow so your not pestered with it but the notification message is the one that goes out and can have a template applied.
So there is a number of things you can do to get that going along those lines. I have done a few variations of this on different sites.
Warning note though - Ajax submission for custom web forms has a total character limit (all fields) of 1024 characters, which is not a lot.
Since BC is targeted towards small to medium size businesses and since this is not a common request I doubt that you will see this feature on BC any time soon. You may want to look into getting this built on an external system and have a form submit the data to that external application, then format the message on the external system, send it to the recipient and return the visitor to BC. That's the only way I can see this done. Maybe someone from the community has a better idea...
Has anyone looked into building this externally and then iframing it into their site? That might be a way to go about it. I don't think you'll ever see this feature being built into BC. It's just not BC's market.