The form mail script collects the data submitted in a form, (optionally) formats it, and sends it to one or more email addresses. For more information on form mail scripts and a list of free form mail scripts see Some form mail script examples.
This page explains the usage of Perl based, NMS FormMail.
# Using the form mail script
This guide takes you step by step through creating a form and getting the form submissions by email.
# Step 1: Download the form mail script
Download the script from http://nms-cgi.sourceforge.net/scripts.shtml Download the TFMail package from the page and unzip it.
# Step 2: Modify the script
Now you have to modify the script that you had downloaded in step 1. Open the TFMail.pl in a text editor and update the script. Instead of 'johnd' it will be your user name. Depending on your hosting account, the actual path can vary.
Note: Important! do not put the configuration files in a location that could be accessed from the web.
# Step 3: Update the configuration file
open the default.trc file (from the downloaded files in step 1) save it as say, feedback.trc
Edit feedback.trc and change recipient to your email address.
# Step 4: Upload the files
Login to your web server through FTP.
Create a folder tfmail in the base folder Note: Important! do not put the configuration files in a location that could be accessed from the web.- Upload the following files to the tfmail folder
- feedback.trc (created in step 3)
- Upload the TFmail.pl to the cgi-bin folder. Update the file permissions of TFmail.pl to 755
Step 5: Create the form
Use an HTML editor to create the form
The code for a sample form is given below:
<form name='feedback' method='POST' action='/cgi-bin/TFmail.pl' accept-charset='UTF-8'> <input type='hidden' name='_config' value='feedback' /> Name: <br> <input type='text' name='Name' size='20'/><br> Email: <br> <input type='text' name='Email' size='20'/><br> Comments: <br> <textarea name='Comments' cols='50' rows='8'></textarea><br> <br> <input type='submit' name='Submit' value='Submit'/> </form>
Upload the page containing the form also to the web server
Step 6: Test the form!
Open the form page and submit some sample data.