FormContact 1.1 with PHP5 Support

I have recently upgraded FormContact to version 1.1 which now has much better built-in PHP5 support.

The FormContact 1.1 system will allow you to handle most Form-To-Email functions required by a website. It can be set up to take all the submitted form data and convert it to a readable email format. It can be customized to send users to a “thank you” page once the form data has been filled out, and certain form fields can be marked as being required in order for the form to be completed.

It also has the added ability for sending an automated response to the person who fills out the form. Different responses can be used for different forms, and can even be personalized to the user, based on form fields they enter.

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Requirements: PHP 4 or 5

Features:
Form Submission
Convert form submitted data to an email which can be received by the webmaster.

Destination Email
Set one or multiple recipients of the email generated from the form data.

Required Fields
The form can be set up to require certain fields to be filled out before a successful submission can be made.

Followup URL
Send your website visitors to a “Thank You” page once they have successfully filled out the form on your website.

Automated Response
In addition to emailing the form data to the webmaster, the FormContact system can create a customized email response to be set back to the user who filled out the form, based on what data they have entered into the form. Excellent for followup of clients, adding that small extra touch of connection to let them know that they have been heard, and will be contacted further shortly.

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Website Subversion Backup

As a PHP coder and web developer, I have recently discovered and fallen in love with a tool which helps to keep my source code safely backed up. This tool is called Subversion and “it is used to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation.” (1) In simple terms, it allows you to back up your files and keeps a history of all the versions of files that you send to it.

This is VERY useful when doing PHP development because as you develop your application you can commit versions of the files to the Subversion (SVN) repository and it will keep track of all the changes you have made. If necessary, you can even revert back to older versions.

One of the difficulties that I have run into while doing website development is how to keep the live remote website synchronized with my local working copy. This is especially true of WordPress installations where editors may be uploading new pictures or documents to the site on a daily basis. If you are not constantly downloading the latest copy of the website, your local copy will be out-of-date and may cause problems in your development.

Subversion to the Rescue:

However, I have come up with a relatively simple solution to this problem, which utilizes the controls within Subversion, to both back up the data on the LIVE website, as well as providing version control for all the site data as a whole. For the sake of simplicity, I will be using a WordPress website as my example, but the concepts here could be applied to essentially any website.

One of the useful features of Subversion is the ability to run what they refer to as “hook scripts” at different points in the versioning process. For example, an SVN repository can be configured to run a set of scripts directly after any data is “committed” to it. (sending data to the repository is called “committing” the data) For this example, this is exactly the functionality we are going to be using.

Before I go any further though, let’s go over some of the requirements for setting up a website and subversion repository in this way.

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New FormBuilder WordPress Plugin!

We’re excited to announce that a partner site of ours has published a brand new FormBuilder plugin for WordPress, which allows the owner to easily and quickly create email input forms on their blog.

The FormBuilder plugin is a WordPress plugin that allows the blog or website owner to easily and quickly create forms for display on their sites. We designed the FormBuilder plugin to fill a need on our own website. We were running WordPress blogs but had no really good way to have our visitors communicate effectively with us. The FormBuilder plugin does exactly that, allowing our visitors to interact with us easily and quickly.

WarkenSoft has actually been running the plugin on our site for a while now, helping to bug test and preparing for the public release of the plugin. While still considered to be BETA software, the plugin already runs QUITE well and has a lot of really great features.

Features:

  • Very easy to install and use.
  • Highly customizable form functions.
  • Unlimited form fields.
  • Accepts creation of most form field types.
  • Fully CSS compatible.
  • Powerful built-in spam-blocking technology.
  • LOTS more cool stuff!

Don’t just take our word for it though, go check it out.

SimpleStats Plus

The SimpleStats program allows a website owner to get a quick and well laid out view of exactly what has been happening on their website. As the name implies, the package is simple both to install and to use, yet providing the webmaster with accurate and real-time statistics of the usage of their website.

Full installation instructions are included with the package.

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Requirements: PHP + MySQL

Features:
Overview of recent visitors and pageviews
An at-a-glance overview of how many visitors have visited your website in last few days, and how many pages they viewed.

Top Pages Viewed
A list of the most visited or most popular pages on your website in order of popularity.

Top Referrers
A list of the top websites that send visitors to YOUR site, and how many visitors have been sent, in order of the number of visitors.

Recent Search Results
A chronological list of the most recent words and phrases that people have searched for in order to come to your website.

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Daily Jokes for Your Website

One of the more difficult aspects of running a website, is finding content that your visitors will find useful, and hopefully will keep them coming back. One way in which you can accomplish both of these goals is to run a daily joke or humourous article on your site. Doing so will both provide fresh, new content on a regular basis, as well as giving your website visitors something to come back to. The difficulty is finding and maintaining a regular list of jokes and humour.

This is exactly what The Occasional Joke blog is hoping to provide. This blog is offering it’s readers the opportunity to syndicate the daily jokes onto their own blogs and websites. Anyone running a PHP enabled site can syndicate the latest Occasional Joke to a page on their own site, with just a brief bit of code.

There is also a WordPress plugin developed specifically for people wanting to run Occasional Jokes on their own WordPress blogs as well.

FormContact 1.0 Plus

The FormContact 1.0 system will allow you to handle most Form-To-Email functions required by a website. It can be set up to take all the submitted form data and convert it to a readable email format. It can be customized to send users to a “thank you” page once the form data has been filled out, and certain form fields can be marked as being required in order for the form to be completed.

It also has the added ability for sending an automated response to the person who fills out the form. Different responses can be used for different forms, and can even be personalized to the user, based on form fields they enter.

Click here to read more about the person who created these resources and is offering them for you to use.

Requirements: PHP

Features:
Form Submission
Convert form submitted data to an email which can be received by the webmaster.

Destination Email
Set one or multiple recipients of the email generated from the form data.

Required Fields
The form can be set up to require certain fields to be filled out before a successful submission can be made.

Followup URL
Send your website visitors to a “Thank You” page once they have successfully filled out the form on your website.

Automated Response
In addition to emailing the form data to the webmaster, the FormContact system can create a customized email response to be set back to the user who filled out the form, based on what data they have entered into the form. Excellent for followup of clients, adding that small extra touch of connection to let them know that they have been heard, and will be contacted further shortly.

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Website Hosting

If you’re looking for somewhere to host your own web creation, we would highly recommend DreamHost. Offering 167 Gig’s of storage space, 1.6 TB of bandwidth, PHP, MySQL and a host of other features, they’ll most likely be more than adequate for your website needs. And with a 97 day money back guarantee you can’t go wrong! Visit DreamHost for more information about what they offer.

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File Download Script

This file downloading script will allow you to set up a download area on your website which links to files that don’t exist physically on the site. Rather, the files to be downloaded can exist in an alternate location on the file system. It is actually the script in use right on this page for downloading these files.

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Requirements: PHP

These scripts are offered free of charge but with no warranty either stated or implied. Use at your own risk.

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