customer accounts are pre-configured with a 'fmail.pl' (form mail) script.
This script is designed to process any forms that you write for your
site. No knowledge of CGI is necessary to implement a working form on
Add the following 4 lines to your form document and your form will send
the information to the specified e-mail address. You will need to change
all the information in Red.
<form action="/cgi-bin/fmail.pl" method="POST">
<input type="hidden" name="recipient" value="email
address to receive form info">
<input type="hidden" name="subject" value="Name
of form-Order Form">
<input type="hidden" name="thankurl" value="http://yourdomain.com/thankyou.htm">
The above 4 lines need to be placed at the beginning of your HTML coding
that starts the forms. This is what those 4 lines do:
- Line 1 declares to use fmail.pl on your
server. Note the "/" before "cgi-bin". This script
is not located on your local cgi-bin directory, but rather the server
- The 2nd line tell the form script to send
the completed forms to the specified recipient (your e-mail address
of whomever's you set it for).
- The 3rd line tells the form script to place
the declared subject line into the form sent to the recipient via
- The 4th line tells the form script to send
the visitor filling out the form to a page thanking them for filling
out the form. These are the only codes you need to interface with
to get the forms working.
Don't forget to create a 'thankyou' page for
Please note that if you DO NOT want to use the "thankyou.htm" you can
<input type="hidden" name="thankurl" value="no">
(This will display a default thank you page for you, saves some HTML
coding, but it's not very pretty.)
Also, the place in your HTML code where you ask the visitor for their
e-mail address change the coding to reflect something like this:
Email Address: <input type=text name="username">
The key parameter is the name="username". This will take the e-mail
address from the form and place it into the e-mail form that is sent
to the recipient (declared in Line 2 of the form coding). Otherwise,
the recipient will receive mail from "No-Email-Given@whatever.com"
(a null used in the form script if no e-mail address is found via the
Fmail is a simple
script. FormMail (by Matt Wright) is a more sophisticated script that
is also provided by ,
and invoked in much the same way as the fmail script.
Documentation on FormMail is located at http://www.worldwidemart.com/scripts/formmail.shtml