The previous three parts of this series (part 1, part 2 and part 3) explained how to create the HTML part of a web form (the client side). In order to make the form useful, we need to add server side processing support to the form. Remember the diagram in part I of this tutorial?
How to create the server side form processing script?
There are scripting languages like PHP , ASP and Perl that can be used to write the server side form processing script. You have to find out which of them are supported on your web server. PHP is supported on almost all platforms. Linux, Apache web server and PHP is considered a good combination, often known as the LAMP bundle.
ASP is supported on the MS Windows platform (IIS web server).
In order to create the form processing script, you will have to learn one of those scripting languages. PHP is recommended since it is the most popular and widely supported one.
Another alternative is to get a ready-made form processing script and slightly modify it to work with your form.
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What is a Formmail script?
The Formmail script collects the form submissions and sends it to one or more email addresses.
A formmail script is the easiest way to collect submissions from the HTML forms. See the links below for more information:
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