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The last tutorial was about a PHP/MySQL counter for a client. The same client requested a simple contact form, with no AJAX, or other options. So, I used the PHP mail() function, wrapped in a simple XHTML form.

First, we create the XHTML form (contact.php):

<h1>Simple Contact Form</h1>
<form name="form1" method="post" action="/simple_phpmysql_contact_form_tutorial/send_contact.html">
<p><input name="subject" type="text" id="subject" size="50" /> <label for="subject">Subject</label></p>
<p><textarea name="detail" cols="50" rows="4" id="detail"></textarea> <label for="detail">Detail</label></p>
<p><input name="name" type="text" id="name" size="50" /> <label for="name">Name</label></p>
<p><input name="customer_mail" type="text" id="customer_mail" size="50" /> <label for="customer_mail">Email</label></p>
<p><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Submit" /> <input type="reset" name="Submit2" value="Reset" /></p>

Next, we create the mail sending engine (/simple_phpmysql_contact_form_tutorial/send_contact.html):

$subject ="$subject";
$header="from: $name <$mail_from>";

// Your email address
$to ='';

// If message was successfully sent, display a message
if($send_contact) {
echo "Thank you for your interest. We will answer as soon as possible.";
else {
echo "Error: The email was not sent. Check your server.";

That is all. You can include the contact.php file into your web site design.

7 Responses to Simple PHP/MySQL Contact Form Tutorial

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  • That’s super simple :) No verification of any kind anywhere. Is this good to directly use these variables without any escaping? This kind of code result into cross site scripting vulnerabilities (remember mikeyy on twitter?)

    A couple of points you might want to consider:

    1. You should include the USER-AGENT IP address in the email.

  • This is just an example of contact form framework. Additional checks should be placed in the form.

  • Great tutorial, I really learned a thing or two from this one. The example you provided is both neat and efficient, works perfectly for me!

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  • cool post, that was help me solve my problem, of course works perfectly for me! many thanks
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  • hey thanks for sharing this. I have been having a little difficulty with a contact form so this might just come in handy :)

  • I hope it helps you. Come back here and let us know.


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