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GoDaddy Form Mail Woes

I have been working on a site for a few years now, and the bane of my existence has been email forms. Hosted by GoDaddy, this site required use of two or three forms, and I could never get any of them to work. There were no obvious .cgi emailers to use, and the .php emailers didn’t seem to work at all. When I tried hooking it up to the webformmailer.asp, I got an error message. I tried about sixty different things before I called GoDaddy out of pure frustration. Why wasn’t anything working?

Turns out, the account I was working with resides on one of their older servers. It doesn’t support PHP at all, so even though the .php emailers were there in my root folder, I couldn’t use them. I had to use an older .asp form, “gdform.asp”, which is noted on the site as being no longer supported. However, with the age of the server, it is the only thing supported for my specific situation. It was frustrating to find that out, but I’m glad that my form mail woes are finally over.

So, if you have GoDaddy and your form mail doesn’t seem to work, try putting “/gdform.asp” in your form action, set method to “post”.  And whatever you do, don’t delete gdform.asp out of your root folder, because even GoDaddy won’t be able to put it back. Also, make sure you’ve put an email in your hosting account so that the .asp form knows where to send it. Here’s a link to the page that tells you  how to do this.

Here’s a link to the GoDaddy Windows Hosting Form Mail section. I never did find it until my service representative sent me an email with the link.


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Venturing into Object-Oriented PHP

One thing I’m doing this winter to keep myself from boredom is to teach myself a new language that will help me out in the website world. I am currently reading the book Object-Oriented PHP by Peter Lavin, published by No Starch Press. You can order it here on Amazon.

So far, it’s basically easy to understand. I’m only on Chapter Four because I’m taking it slow, but even though I have no previous experience with PHP, I still know what’s going on. It helps that I have a background in C++, because the function calling is very much the same.

I haven’t tried to make anything yet because I’m not to that point, but I have downloaded PHP5 and the Apache server in hopes that I might make something cool at some point. I’m pretty excited– this seems like a very viable way to do a lot of things for the web. I’ll update when I do make something, as simple as it might be.

Meanwhile, I need to upload all the back issues of Down The Tubes. I have been lax!

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