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Using universal email to send email to a list of invitees with links in email that sends to database - i.e accept / decline / maybe

Thread began 10/27/2014 11:56 am by s.joiner74419001 | Last modified 10/28/2014 5:09 pm by Jason Byrnes | 923 views | 14 replies |

s.joiner74419001

Using universal email to send email to a list of invitees with links in email that sends to database - i.e accept / decline / maybe

I have setup a Database that has a list of invitees we wanting to send emails to for them to select there choice of - Accept / Decline / Maybe.

So far I have an in-house admin page where we select an invitee by name which in hand populates a web form with the data. This form has a hidden field attached that sends the value Yes to the Database Table Column : "email-sent". I have applied the 'Create Email Message" server behaviour to the form so when it submits it sends an email to the address of the invitee originally selected.

In the email that is sent we want the receiver to be able to click their option which sends that option to the database table column called 'Status'. The options would be - Accept / Decline / Maybe.

Are you able to suggest the best way for me to achieve this? Can I have these options embedded in the email? if so how would I do this. or would I direct them to a form on our web-site where they might have there name displayed and three radio buttons to make there choice. With this I'm not sure how I would pass the correct data from the link in the email.

Hope this makes sense!

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

In the email body, have a link to the response page that passes the UserID as a URL variable:

http://yourdomain.com/response.php?userID=56

you can use the recordset that is used for the email loop to add the Dynamic binding for the user ID in the email.

then on the response [age have a form that they can select the status, and a hidden form element to capture the User ID URL variable, and use that on inserting the status.

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s.joiner74419001

Great thanks Jason.. I think I understand this. Will see how I get on..

Cheers!

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s.joiner74419001

Jason can you explain further how I capture the user ID URL variable in the hidden element?

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

go to the bindings panel, click the plus and select URL Variable to create a binding, give the binding the name of the variable used in the link, in my example, it was named userID:

http://yourdomain.com/response.php?userID=56

Then select the hidden element in design view, clic the lightning bolt icon next to innate value and select the userID URL binding.

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s.joiner74419001

Top Man!! Cheers!

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you're welcome.

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s.joiner74419001

Jason you said previously I can use the recordset that is used for the email loop to add the Dynamic binding for the user ID in the email. But how do I access this record set from the email page? I can not work out how I can use a recordset on the email.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

see this thread for details:
http://www.webassist.com/forums/posts.php?id=17869

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s.joiner74419001

Jason I just don't get this.

I can obviously place the first piece of code at the top of the page. But I do not understand what it is doing or understand what the second piece of code is and where to put it. Plus is there anything else I need to do or add for this to work!

I think I'm out of my depth with this!

Any pointers! ;-)

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