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Discussion in 'Web Development & Web Hosting' started by BULLHEADBOYUK, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. BULLHEADBOYUK

    BULLHEADBOYUK New Member

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    Evening all!!! :D

    I am "relatively" new to web design (2 months experience and counting!) however....

    I have managed to create a website using dreamweaver an got it onto my AOL Webspace, but... one of my pages contains a form and I havnt got a jar of glue where the information visitors write is being sent??? ive heard about CGI or something to enable it to be sent to ur e-mail addy???

    Anyone shed any light on this???
    Cheers :twisted:
     
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  2. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    You need a form handler and like you said you can use a CGI script to handle the forms processing.

    1st thing is does your host support CGI if they do you can move onto the next step.

    If not there are websites that provide an external form handling sevice that you can subscibe to but I would recomend this as a solution to not having CGI support on your own web space.
     
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  3. BULLHEADBOYUK

    BULLHEADBOYUK New Member

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    well the aol step by step guide might as well be wrote in spanish!!! lol
    Thanx anyway ill keep trying.
     
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  4. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Do you have FTP access t othe webspace? Is there a premade folder called CGI, if so you should have CGI support.
     
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  5. BULLHEADBOYUK

    BULLHEADBOYUK New Member

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    Its on my AOL webspace though my website, contacted AOL an they said all I have to do is add a link in my page to my email address, but I dont know whether they meant in the main page or the form page.
     
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  6. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    I think AOL are trying to fob you off and telling you to just use a simple email link rather than a form. For a form to process the input to email it still needs a form handler such as a CGI or PHP script.
     
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  7. Nailbomb

    Nailbomb Bit Poster

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    As they said,

    Yes you can use just a normal type of hyper link,
    but that will only work if the end user has a mail client
    set up on their p.c. So in other words if they only have access
    to hotmail, yahoo! etc, they can't use the link.

    When people are hitting your submit button, it is doing nothing!
    It is just resetting the form. Firstly , as previously stated, check
    your space's file directory. Is there a CGI-BIN? If so it supports CGI, also you will want to find out what CGI server-side scripting languages are installed and usable on the server.

    If they have PERL(practical extraction and report language) then go to:

    http://www.scriptarchive.com/formmail.html

    from here you can download form mail, there will be a read me file etc which will tell you of the alterations you will need to make to the existing script.

    Failing that, you can visit:

    http://www.w3schools.com/

    To learn any number of server side scripting languages. Good luck if you go down that road :helpread
     
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