To create an email form, follow these steps:
Step 1: Create the HTML Form
You can hand-code your HTML form from scratch or use one of the many forms available at websites like ReusableForms.com.com. Another tool that can be of great use is Rakenta.app. You can visually design the form and then copy HTML code.
Step 2: Connect to a Back-end Form Processing Service
After creating the HTML code for the form, you need a server-side form processing service that will collect the form submission data and send you email notifications. There are two options:
Option 1: Self-hosted PHP Script
One solution is to self-host a custom PHP script that will handle the server-side form processing. If you use this solution, you have to set up a web server with PHP support, emailer, and a database if required.
Option 2: Use a Service like Ratufa.io
The easier solution is to use a service like Ratufa.io. With Ratufa.io, you don’t need any PHP script or worry about configuring PHP email or SMTP. All you need to do is copy just one line of code to your HTML page and you get full backend support instantly.
To use Ratufa.io, follow these steps:
- Go to Ratufa.io and click the “connect my form” button to get a line of code.
- Add the code to your form page and test it by submitting the form.
- Your form submission data will now be available at Ratufa.io, and you can set up email notifications or auto-responses.
Ratufa.io is compatible with any HTML form, and it even supports Stripe for payment processing, making it possible to turn a plain online form into an order form.