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Create a mailingform for your website using only HTML

Sometimes readers of your website want to contact you. If you don't have server side scripting knowledge (PHP, ASP, JSP etc.) or your webhost doesn't have server side scripting support (if you have a free host), you can't use a webform and you'll probably go for the next solution:
Posting your mailaddress on the site <a href="mailto:user[at]provider.com">webmaster</a>. This is not recommended because spambots are designed to follow those URL's. Additionally, this type or URL opens an external mailing program which can be very annoying for your readers.

Here is the solution: Create a mailingform using only HTML. Very easy to install / implement on your website.

HTML Mailing Form

The code

 
<form name="contact" method="post" action="http://www.universal.nl/scripts/mailto.exe">
<input type="hidden" name="sendto" value="EMAILADDRESS">
<input type="hidden" name="server" value="mail.universal.nl">
<input type="hidden" name="resulturl" value="http://www.RESULTURL">
<input type="hidden" name="subject" value="SUBJECT">
<p>Companyname<br/>
<input type="text" name="Companyname" size="66"/><br/>
Name<br/>
<input type="text" name="Name" size="66"><br/>
<input type="radio" name="Gender" value="Male">Male<br/>
<input type="radio" name="Gender" value="Female">Female<br/>
Emailadres<br/>
<input type="text" name="Mailaddress" size="66"><br/>
Telephone<br/>
<input type="text" name="Telephone" size="66"><br/>
Additional Information:<br/>
<textarea name="Information" cols="50" rows="5"></textarea></p>
<input type="submit" value="Send!"></form>

Copy and paste this code to your HTML-editor. Add optional input types/fields as you wish. Change the following values:
  • EMAILADDRESS. Change this to the mail address you want the mail to be sent to.
    Example: user@provider.com.
  • RESULTURL. Change this to the URL you want to redirect your users to after they've sent their message.
    Example: http://www.marcofolio.net/.
  • SUBJECT. Change this to the subject of your mail.
    Example: Mailingform from Marcofolio.net.

How it looks

Companyname

Name

Male
Female
Emailadres

Telephone

Additional Information:


*NOTE*: The form implemented above will not work, because there is no emailaddress entered. If you want to contact me, use the contact page or post it in the comments.

The result: Received mail

The following form contents were entered on DD MMMM YY
Date = DD MMMM YY HH:MM:SS
resulturl = http://www.marcofolio.net/
subject = Mailingform from Marcofolio.net
Companyname = Marcofolio
Name = Marco
Gender = Male
Mailaddress = user[at]provider.com
Telephone = NA
Information = For more tips and tricks, check:

http://www.marcofolio.net/

Ok, it's not the best looking mail you probably ever had, but it works and if you have brains you would understand it. Now you can contact your readers and answer them!

Update

I'm sorry to inform you that this script doesn't work anymore. The "mailto.exe" from Universal is now not handling any mail traffic. Let's try another solution.


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