[Pro] "Easy" Contact Forms

I have to confess, I thought the new Pro 5.5 feature of HTML Email Creation was to create contact forms within Freeway (chalk one up on the Duh! column for me).

Is there any “easy” (and preferably free) way to set up a contact form?

Robert


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Hi Robert,
There are a few ways you can tackle this;

  1. Check to see if your web host has a preferred form processing script installed on your account and set freeway up to post the form data to this,
  2. If your host supports PHP you can use the free PHP Feedback Form action - FreewayActions.com | PHP feedback form
  3. For a minimal outlay the easiForm Action will do what you want (again using PHP) plus a whole lot more - http://easibase.com/freeway/freewayactions.php

The Softpress KnowledgeBase article gives a great overview on the subject;

Regards,
Tim.

On 25 May 2011, at 15:56, Robert wrote:

I have to confess, I thought the new Pro 5.5 feature of HTML Email Creation was to create contact forms within Freeway (chalk one up on the Duh! column for me).

Is there any “easy” (and preferably free) way to set up a contact form?


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i highly recommend Tim’s PHPFF action.

If you build your form into a table and apply the action to the Table then that Form can be copied and pasted into any new site you create.

Of course you may need some styling adjustments but it does mean you will always a basic form to start from.

http://www.deltadesign.co/formtest.html

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I found an easy way to create simple forms is through http://www.jotform.com/. They have a form builder tool that will allow you to create the form and then gives you the code that you can paste into a “Markup Item” box.

Dave
On May 25, 2011, at 10:56 AM, Robert wrote:

I have to confess, I thought the new Pro 5.5 feature of HTML Email Creation was to create contact forms within Freeway (chalk one up on the Duh! column for me).

Is there any “easy” (and preferably free) way to set up a contact form?

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If that works for you - no problem - but it is not WYSIWYG in FW

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Thank you all. I’ll be giving Tim’s PHP Feedback Form a try shortly.

Much appreciated,
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Hi, I’m trying to evaluate the various PHP form tools and wondered if someone has tried these all and can comment on which is the best tool?

easiForm - looks nice but appears to be a cost per domain

Forms to Go - also looks easy, small fee, not sure how supported nor updated this one is

PHP Freeback Form - appears to be freeware and fairly easy to setup

Question for DeltaDave: one, how did you get the little icons in the form field text boxes?

Thanks in advance - Lewis


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PHP Freeback Form - appears to be freeware and fairly easy to setup

PHP Feedback form is free, easy to use and set up, portable, WYSIWYG and reusable.

how did you get the little icons in the form field text boxes?

CSS styling


#formaddress {
background:transparent url(http://www.mysite.com/address_logo.png) no-repeat scroll 2% 50%;
padding:4px 0px 4px 20px;
background-position:left center
}

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David is correct — if I can use it anybody can!

Thanks again Tim.

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I use Forms2Go strictly for being able to easily create sensibly formed emails that come to me. I doubt a novice could edit the PHPFF script produced by the action to receive the email in some sort of order since the action itself just throws information at you. Plus you can save settings in Forms2Go and with the PHPFF action if you change one thing, publish, you have to go back in and make all those changes again to the script. That’s no fun.

Forms2Go allows you to also have a javascript pop-up that occurs to let people know about validation errors while the PHPFF action redirects you to a separate page. This does raise the chances of your site visitors losing the information they entered previously if you use the PHPFF action while the javascript from Forms2Go still keeps the existing information intact. It can be a real pain working with the PHPFF action when working with long forms plus the support for Forms2Go is outstanding.

I use just the regular PHP version and have been happy with it.


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