Forms: The next level in e-mail communication!

Written by Raphael Pirker

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You can see that Forms are a great way of growing your business and managing your time efficiently. But there's one thing worth considering when deciding whether to use Forms or not: In order forrepparttar Forms to be really efficient, you need them to be processed through CGI. But no need to worry if you don't have a CGI bin! I will list a CGI script which you can install on your account (if you have CGI capabilities) and give yourepparttar 109674 link torepparttar 109675 service created for people without CGI bin.

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Whiz-Mail [free] Allows you to dorepparttar 109678 same even when not having access to a CGI bin. How does this work? The service is remotely-hosted, so you can host it from virtually anywhere, no matter if you have CGI access or not. The Form remains on your site and afterrepparttar 109679 submission,repparttar 109680 user will return to your page. You can completely configurerepparttar 109681 wayrepparttar 109682 service should act. You can add Autoresponders and implement subscription management into your Forms (as mentioned in reason #6) Link:

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Creating An Email Form

Written by Richard Lowe

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This tag says simply, "whenrepparttar visitor pressesrepparttar 109673 submit button, send all ofrepparttar 109674 data that was entered torepparttar 109675 senddata.php file". The senddata.php file contains special code which performsrepparttar 109676 necessary magic to sendrepparttar 109677 data to you.

Now you need to include some special "hidden" values to tellrepparttar 109678 forms processor what to do. Hidden values do not cause any entry to be done - they merely set up data to be used byrepparttar 109679 forms processing routine.

These two lines informrepparttar 109680 Bravenet processor ofrepparttar 109681 user number ofrepparttar 109682 form. This is created when you create a new form. Each form has it's own unique number. Other forms processing systems may use similar identifiers, or they may do something completely different.

It's important to understand this concept - these values are completely defined byrepparttar 109683 forms processing routine. Different names and values will be used by different forms systems.

Once you have set uprepparttar 109684 required and optional hidden values for your forms processor, you need to definerepparttar 109685 form fields and input values. The three lines below show how to do this.

What is your name?

Where are you from?

E-mail address?

These three lines ask your visitors for their name, location and email address. As you can see,repparttar 109686 prompts and formatting are included directly in your form. The tags are used to definerepparttar 109687 fields that actually getrepparttar 109688 data. The word "size" is used to indicate how many characters to retrieve.

Now it's time to give your visitors a way to submitrepparttar 109689 form.

These two lines definerepparttar 109690 "submit" and "reset" buttons. The reset button is optional, butrepparttar 109691 submit button is required (otherwise how wouldrepparttar 109692 data actually get sent torepparttar 109693 form?)

Now you need to endrepparttar 109694 form. This is done as shown below.

That's all there is to using a simple form to get data from your visitors.

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