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How do I get the form to actually work?

Thread began 10/29/2009 11:18 am by dbarry4377469 | Last modified 11/21/2009 2:52 pm by anonymous | 2988 views | 15 replies |


How do I get the form to actually work?

I made the registration form, and now what??? Sorry for my inability to figure this out, but I have no idea how to do this using WA

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It depends on what you're trying to accomplish.

Do you wish to have the form emailed to you? Do you want the form to be collected and stored in a database?

Do you have other WebAssist tools that will help create any of the above functionality (such as Universal Email or DataAssist)?

Let us know and we can help.


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Have trouble to getting the forms to work as well

I have both the CSS Form-builder and the Universal E-mail (Web-Assist Extension Library). I am new to making forms, and I thougt CSS Form-builder would help me to succeed. But I am still not able to make it work...

So far I just want to make simple forms as contact-forms that send information to my e-mail adress. Can someone please give me detailed step-to-step information of how to do it. (I have read the getting-started guides...)

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Same problem

Ok. I built the form. I can't seem to get the format the way I would like. It imports different into Dreamweaver than it shows on preview. When it imports, it imports to the wrong place on the page and the text beside the field imports above the box rather than to the side like the preview. Also, how do I get it to email me the form?

I bought the product to hopefully ease my troubles of building the form, but it seems to be as difficult as going at it without an extension. An extensive tutorial would be great.

Any suggestions on how to learn how to use this extension?

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Eric Mittman

When it comes to how you see your design in Dreamweaver this will differ from what you see on the web page and in the preview. This is because Dreamweaver renders things differently than your browser would. To get a good idea of how it will appear on the page you should be using the preview in browser to view the page in your browser, this will give you the best representation of how it will appear on the web.

As for the Universal Email with CSS Form Builder if you have already crafted the form the next thing to do is to apply the Universal Email server behavior to this page. When you configure the wizard you will be prompted for the values like the from, to, cc and other parts of the message. On the body tab you should edit the html with the DW button, in the body of your message use the bindings for the values from the form. There is much more documentation about using Universal Email like this on the support page for it:


You should take a look at the Solution Recipes in here for some more specifics about what you are trying to do.

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I just want to have the form emailed


Still having difficulty with this. I made the form, and purchased the entire suite of WA extensions. Any help would be much appreciated.

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Getting form builder to work

I am also trying to get Form Builder to work after naively thinking it would work by itself. I am now probably about 60% there. This is as far as I have got. To use form bulder you will need to have IIS and PHP installed on your computer or else the form will not show correctly in Dreamweaver when looked at in LiveView. This is one of the few processes that is well documented by WA and you will find it as a PDF on the WA site if you search for Preparing your sytem for Dynamic development. I followed the instructions and it worked. Once you have that set up you can try creating a form, I suggest that you do it on a blank page called email.php or similar. The standard form that is produced is far to big but you can alter this by clicking on edit in Choose a Design, this will allow you to change the size of the form and other details. Once you have got your form you will need to use Universal Email to get it it send back the information. This is about as far as I have got but my understanding is that UE takes the information from the form and formats it so that it is sent back to you in a readable manner. There are a number of online videos that go through the process, though as with all WA documentation they leave out chunks of required information. I hope over the next few days to actually get it to work for me.

Best of luck

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THANK YOU..... I got to this point, still can't figure out how to do the register form now, it works but doesn't have a required password, you can put in anything and you'll get to the restricted pages. Ugh......

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Eric Mittman

Are you talking about the user registration form that is produced by SecurityAssist? Did you run the SecurityAssist wizard to generate a set of pages?

A registration page should allow a user to register and create a new user in your db. Once the user has been created in the db they should be able to login using the generated login page, or on a page you created yourself that has the Security Assist Authenticate user server behavior on it.

In addition to logging in you must also have access rules defined and applied to your pages to restrict access. By default there is a logged in and not logged in access rule. If you apply the logged in access rule to a page the user must login first to view the page.

Please post back and explain exactly what troubles you are having, the steps you took, and the desired result you are hoping to achieve. With this info we will be better able to help you out.

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that sinking feeling

Web Assist, you are really NOT doing yourselves any favours with the poor documentation and tutorials currently on offer. I, like quite a few others in this thread have spent good money buying your stuff and can't get it to work. Clearly the How To's were written by coders not customers! I am really unhappy. I bought Super Suite and so far havn't been able to get CSS Forms to work nor indeed any of the other extensions I have so far tried. And why on earth does there need to be so many files to upload for one simple contact form? In my naive non-coder mind, I assumed it would be simple. That is the reason I bought it. The supplied forms appear to me to be frankly either outmoded in design terms or downright design disasters. In fact my impression is one of overwhelming outdatedness of this software. Who uses those highlit lines anymore that surround the basic contact form? They stopped being cute around 1997!

In desperation, I also bought the Contact Form package and got a form made but it also simply will not validate (work). I bought Super Suite in order to prevent headaches not create more. One thing seems clear. There is precious little human contact with any of you guys. I can't remember feeling so disappointed with software.

I came onto the forums hoping there might be some useful info, but all there is are disappointed people who havn't got any satisfaction from their purchases as far as I can see.

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