Way beyond me! Can't follow it. Isn't there a simple code to create a contact form? I can use jotform but I want to create my own forms. I don't like 3rd. partyies.
There's no simple way without coding to send emails from a form without a 3rd party. Given that Nancy's article is way beyond you, I would recommend a 3rd party. There are a lot of options out there with 3rd parties. What do you not like about your current provider or what are you looking for? We might be able to help you with some recommendations if you let us know what your pain points are.
An html <form> is easy to create, you did it yourself in the original post, though you are missing the <form> tagset that needs to wrap all of your form elements...
However, by itself, an html form can't actually "do" anything. You need to have some kind of processing script on your server in order to turn form entries into "submitable" and receivable data. Most hosting companies will have a form script readily available (albeit a simple one) on your server along with simple copy/paste instructions on how to attach it to your form.
You may want to contact your hosting company, or dig through their help guides to see what they have available and if your current server set-up allows for it.
Hi. I am trying to do Nancy. I have to save all 3 php codes in my website folder, then add my email...maybe it'll work. If not I'll just leave my email address for people to click on and phone. I can always use jotform.com.
Her codes are there...just don't know where to place? I think save in folder and upload like css.css.html. I made my site phone friendly. I guess same way uploading php to my host?
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Your server must support PHP 5.3 or higher and the PHP mail() function. If not, the script in my tutorial will not work for you.
You need one contact.php file.
Inside that file goes:
a) the PHP script at the top of your document.
b) the HTML <form>
c) additional PHP code inside the HTML <form>.
You must upload contact.php file to your remote server to test it.
If that's too difficult, use a 3rd party service like Wufoo.
Posting an email link on your site is like a neon sign to spammers and email harvesters. It will only generate a ton of spam mail in your inbox. Believe me, you don't want that.