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Form Building + php

Thread began 8/21/2009 1:21 pm by jhmblvd357243 | Last modified 9/02/2009 1:47 pm by Jimmy Wu | 1337 views | 5 replies |

jhmblvd357243

Form Building + php

I'm fairly new at this (PHP) I am using DW CS3 and cPanel to manage my site. What do I need on the backend of the form? I inserted the form into a PHP page, uploaded it to my site, but it does not show up. I can see it in cPanel, but not when testing. Do I need to create a table?

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Jimmy Wu

Can you send me a url to the page you are working on hosted on your server?

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jhmblvd357243

Help building form

Sorry, I posted a reply but it isn't showing.

The form is not loaded on the server yet because I am not ready to post it, when I received the prompts about a testing server, etc. I wanted to know what I was doing before uploading the form to the client's site.

I was under the impression that I could create a form without being a programmer? That "Forms Builder" automated creating a form. Is this correct or do I need to have a background in PHP? Do I need to build a table to hold the data? I want to insert a form be able to capture the data in an email to the client. Is this the right tool?

I followed the instructions on inserting a form into the page, but when I test it in my browser it shows the code in the fields of the form. Should I upload the form? And is there a step by step tutorial? I searched but the tutorials seem to jump into subjects like editing the form and not just deploying the form.

I would really appreciate some help.

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Jimmy Wu

The testing server can be your local machine (if you have PHP installed on that) or another machine that has PHP installed on it.

When a php page displays blank, it means that a php error has occurred but the host has turned off error reporting. Some host's will allow error reporting to be turned on for debugging purposes by placing the following code block at the 1st line of your page:

php:
<?php

error_reporting
(E_ALL);
ini_set('display_errors','on');
?>




Form Builder is a form creation tool. So it will create a form styled by CSS, but you will have to manage what happens when the form is submitted either by handcoding or using another tool. If you want the information to be sent using email, we have a tool called Universal Email that should help with that. To store it into a database, DataAssist would be helpful. It looks like a combination of CSS Form Builder and Universal email is what you need to accomplish your goal.

If the PHP code is showing up on the page, your testing server may not have PHP installed correctly. If you are using your local machine as a testing server, you should take a look at this document which will help you set up PHP:
web_dev_begin.pdf

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jhmblvd

Thanks

Thanks.

Is there a document detailing how to configure the form to be sent to your email?

Again, I appreciate your help.

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Jimmy Wu

On the support page for Universal email there is a tutorial on how to set up email sending from a form:
universal-email/

It is under the Solution Recipes section.

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