Processing Forms With Mail

Form Mail Processing

Form mail processing can be done with several different cgi programs. For your convenience we have installed a generic version of formmail.cgi on the system. This script is a universal parser and mail sender that will work on all forms that are properly constructed. The generic version's return page simply states "Thank You - your request submission has been received and will be processed the next business day from (date)". If you wish a more detailed return page with the name of your company and links back to your pages, you will need to install your own version in your own cgi-bin. The new formmail script can be installed directly from your control panel by clicking on the formmail Icon. The path to the new formmail will be /cgi-bin/formmail/formmail.cgi

The only requirements of formmail.cgi are these 4 items in your form.html:

  • The proper method (form method=post action=);
  • The recipient tag (who will receive the e-mail);
  • The subject tag (the subject of the e-mail is required by the e-mail server software );
  • The email tag (who sent the e-mail). Most people use this so they know who sent the e-mail. If you don't care, put your e-mail addresss in here, otherwise the e-mail server will ne ver process your form.
    And of course you must finish the form with your input butt ons.

    Working Example

    <input type=hidden name="recipient" value="">
    <input type=hidden name="subject" value="put your subject here"> <input type=hidden name="return_link_url" value="URL YOU WANT TO SEND THEM TO AFTER FILLING OUT THE FORM""> <input type=hidden name="return_link_title" value="What you want the link to say here">

    For more information on setting up your forms to work off formmail, go to Matt's Script Archive, you will find lots of information and a great FAQ there for formmail and all his other scripts, as well as the scripts themselves!