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To try and keep this as simple as possible I am going to treat your question as 2 requests. As far as contact forms go they are a dime a dozen out there. They will typically depend on your server setup. For instance, Windows servers typically utilize ASP/.NET forms, and Linux servers utilize PHP forms. For a business I would typically recommend scripts that you install yourself over scripts that are hosted (eg: Wufoo). I went through a couple links below for some options, some generate forms while others are just installations:
Those are all PHP solutions. If you need ASP/.NET solutions please post back.
As far as your second request, again I would look towards server-side scripting because there are plenty of well-built solutions for setting up a store. Might I also suggest if you plan on taking credit card numbers at all, you plan on setting up an SSL certificate on your domain. If you have a shared hosting environment, your host should be able to help you get this setup. This way the credit card numbers are encrypted.
Hey thanks for that helpful reply! I am going to check out the links you provided. I will be using the php scripting. I had it my mind that I was going to ensure that the credit card number be kept secure/encrypted. I will make sure of this with the hosting company.
Again I will search for php pre-built solutions for generating the ski rental form I need.
Any suggestions for services that you or anyone have used and liked for creating a rental type form will be much appreciated.
If I understand correctly, php is a code language that is based on the server. It receives php files and based on the file it receives it generates a bunch of html and other instructions that compose the webpage or send the form or etc. I am not a php programmer so I think for sure I need to use a service to generate a pre-built solution. Just looking for advice from other more experienced folks on how I might best do this.
I'm very much a newbie at website building, but I can second the earlier link to PHP Form Mail Maker - A free tool to create ready-to-use web mail forms with customized auto response email | F.A.Q about PHP FormMail Generator
It works great and is very easy to implement. I have been looking around, but once I found this site, there was no need to look further. It does it all. I can recommend it (for what it is worth it from a newbie).