View Full Version : Help creating email link?

04-06-2006, 05:50 PM
Greetings everyone. I have read many threads hoping to find an answer to my problem, and since I could not find one I suppose I'll ask. I already have my emails setup correctly and I know it works; however, I want to setup my website, so that when a perspective client clicks on the email address on my site, it automatically opens a box for Outlook Express, thus allowing the person to contact me via email. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about (I hope). If not I guess I'll try to explain it differently. Either way, thanks in advance for the help and tips too.

04-06-2006, 06:33 PM
If I were you- I would set up that button so it directs them to a form on your site. That form, when submitted, will send to your e-mail all the information from that form. It's called a php mailto form. It is very easy to set up. This eliminates the need for any e-mail program to be opened up. What happens if someone who wishes to e-mail a query to you does not use or have outlook.

Spend a little time and give it a try. Start here;

Let us know how it works or if you need more help- simply post back.

Click here to see my form- fill it out and see how it works.

and here is another example I am working on for a friends Realestate business;
**Dont fill this one out though or he'll get confused


04-06-2006, 09:00 PM
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS THIS youremail@yoursite.com/ then highligth this and click on the sybol link as if you were going to link to a page chage the http to mailto: and ready any questions jose.hernandez@thehartford.com or josehernandez@loschicosbanda.com

04-07-2006, 02:09 PM
Thank you so much. I knew there had to be an easy solution.

04-27-2006, 03:12 PM
Many thanks jose0313,

I just hoped there'd be an easy solution!


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07-19-2006, 10:31 PM
I'm doing what is suggested here, I highlight the text that is my email address, click on the "link" icon on the top of bluevoda, change it to "mailto:" type in my site email addy, but when I preview the page and click on the email link I get a page asking for a password saying that it's a secure site... is this normal or did I do something wrong? I don't want to upload the page untill it actually works hehe

08-08-2006, 05:08 PM
Ok, I think I am being completely thick here!!!!

I am looking at the first link that Andy128 put up.

I am a little confused as to where I am typing all this information. Do I have to have a Bluevoda account before I can do this.

I have been sitting here for nearly an hour and about to bang my head on the desk!!!!!

Please can someone advise me!!

08-09-2006, 05:10 AM
Yes you must have a BV account. Most of what we discuss here pertains to the BV web-site bulider program that is free from BV. However- it only works with a VodaHost account.


08-09-2006, 12:52 PM
Thank you - I will get the account set up today!!

08-09-2006, 04:36 PM
Ok, I am now set up with an account.

So, the php info that you were talking about, where do I type that information?

Thanks for your help.

08-09-2006, 05:16 PM
If you are talking about a form, then have a look at the text in BlueVoda Form Tutorial 1 (http://www.vodahost.com/vodatalk/forms/9349-bluevoda-forms-tutorial-part-1-a.html)

After that, visit Andy's site (the link is in his signature) to see how you can make your script safer.

08-09-2006, 06:31 PM
Now it makes sense - I had only watched the tutorial and did not read below.

Thank you!

08-12-2006, 04:26 PM
what a brilliant tutorial. It's a lot easier than it first looks....now I'm going to have a look at the secure forms bit!

08-12-2006, 08:02 PM
Thank you Helga! Glad it was of some help to you. I have had a lot of help from many people here putting it together.


08-14-2006, 12:57 PM

I do not understand how to get this to work at all. I have a simple one page site to gather mortgage leads. I have a form on it and in the properties I have put mailto. my hotmail address. It just does not work, the information is not transferred to the form and it does not even say send! I cannot get my head around it at all! I am losing business with every second I cant get it to work!

08-14-2006, 01:11 PM
Please read the updated BlueVoda Form Tutorial 1 (http://www.vodahost.com/vodatalk/forms/9349-bluevoda-forms-tutorial-part-1-a.html) . Read the text and look at the example UNDER the multimedia presentation. The mailto: method will NOT work for most cases.

08-16-2006, 04:24 AM
Hi folks,

I mangaed to get my email account set up. I can sned and receive emails to it and from it via outlook express. My problem is setting upa webmail link. I've followed Andy's tutorial to the letter-set up the two pages, contact.html and thankyou.php. Named the email text box email. copied the script page into the html box on the thank you page and changed to email address to mine.. Yet when I go to the actual web page to send the email, nothing happens when I hit the submit button. I think there must be something wrong --the contact.html page is not linking to the thank you page. Any ideas what might be wrong. I've gone ove rit several times and can't find anything wrong in the set up. Should I just delete the pages and start over??

Any suggestions would be helpful.



08-16-2006, 08:39 PM
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Looking at the link above- your form action is set to your e-mail address. This is incorrect- it should be your page that contains the php script to process the form.

Look over the turorial once again. The page that you copied the php script into should then be what your set you actoin to.

Post back if problems persist.


08-16-2006, 08:45 PM
Maybe your submit button is outside the form area, or the action is set wrong. Follow Andy's suggestion: post the URL so we can have a look.

08-18-2006, 05:49 PM
Andy...just followed your tutorial on ensuring my form is secure....all i can say is thank-you! The tutorial is perfect for guys like me who aren't working part time at NASA!!!

For those of you that do not understand ...scroll up to andy's post near the top and follow the link exactly as it is in the correct order. It will create a form that works perfectly and is hacker secure!

Once again thanks Andy!!!


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