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03-02-2006, 10:17 AM
We are so confused by all this email guff.Do we need to publish before we know if the email link is working ,at the moment if you click on the submit button on the page in preview it goes to send an email in outlook express We have set up an autoresponder in BV.What happens if it goes there does it capture emails for future messages? it is setup in outlook express as well as the i.s.p .What are we doing wrong.Please help

03-02-2006, 10:54 AM
If you speak about submit button, i suppose you are speaking about a form. If this form's action is set to "mailto: youremail@yourISP.com" then the results will be emailed to you by your own Outlook Express or whatever other email client you use. However, and this is the worst part of it, it depends on your email client settings. If it is not setup correctly, it only makes Outlook Express to open up, with no trace of the info you have entered in the form. Moreover, you can set up your Outlook express, but you cannot setup the Outlook Express of your visitors. So you should go for the solution of using a separate php script that will process your form info and send it to you. If you have already watched the two tutorials on forms, please read carefully the text under the first tutorial in http://www.vodahost.com/DemoDemo/bvt/custom_bluevoda_basicform.htm

and also read the basics about forms and data processing in: http://www.vodahost.com/vodatalk/bluevoda-tips-tricks-shortcuts/4363-basics-about-forms.html

The autoresponder you have set will reply in all emails that concern that email address, not only the ones relative to the form. So it would be wise to create a separate email address for the form, and set the autoresponder only on that account.

No autoresponder can capture the email address of the sender for future use, as you have phrased it. You either see their email address from the info that has submitted to you, or you should create a database table (or at least a text file) on your site, and have the script add the email address of every visitor, in that database table ot text file.