Looking for a simple solution other then using Matts formmail with HostGator for an order form

by Dave777 8 replies
Hi all,

I've been reading and spending money on this great forum for awhile but figured it's time to start sharing and asking a few questions too.

I'm hoping for a quick simple solution to the following problem as I'm lacking on the technical side of things.

Currently I'm using Matts formmail on a shared SSL certificate for the order form to sell a single hard goods product.

Unfortunately the host where the form actually works doesn't offer unlimited domain names so I recently switched to HostGator. Guess I should have checked first because HostGator support seems to be telling me that they don't support Matts formmail and formmail in general. Their suggestion is to use OS Commerce which unfortunately is too detailed for my needs.

I just need a one page solution. All payments are by credit cards which are processed online using our own banking software so the order form required details are fairly basic like most standard online payment forms.

Would any warriors who are familiar with Matts formmail and scripts in general know of any simple solutions that would work with HostGator. I would greatly appreciate any ideas and possible solutions.

Thanks for your help

Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author samstephens
    Hi Dave,

    I'm not sure if this will suit, but DLGuard (DLGuard - Download page protector, create expiring download links) has an "Other Merchant" option that will basically display a form that allows your customer to add their name and email address, and they'll be transfered to a secure download area.

    They will also be added to your GetResponse list automatically.

    Naturally you'd need to take care of the credit card payments yourself, and just have DLGuard take over AFTER the sale has been made.


    Is that the kind of thing you had in mind, or did I misread your post?

    cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author George Wright
      Hi,

      In my cPanel and I would assume hostgator's in the fantastico installs there is one called phpForm I'm working on a site right now and here is a working version of how I use it. www.samedaywords.com/contact/use/contact/form1.html

      Are you looking for something like that. If HG doesn't allow it you can set one up with another host and just use it for the form. By the way I'm just playing around with the form to learn it. You can have as many Q and A with text box, text field, radio button, check, drop down box, etc. up to 99 fields.

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      • Profile picture of the author Dave777
        Sam,

        Thanks for the suggestion. I know your product well as I regularly pass through DLGuard for the many info products that I purchase. I'll have to start developing info products to take full advantage of all the benefits your product offers.

        Since this is mostly for a one page order form for a single hard goods item it's probably overkill but I'll definitely consider it.

        George,

        Thanks for your idea and recommended resource. Looks almost exactly what I'm looking for and clicking on the link below your page tells me it's better than Free...

        Excellent looking tool compared to those old form generators...
        phpFormGenerator - create professional web forms in minutes

        Do you happen to know if and how I can run a customized form through a shared SSL certificate. Maybe it would be best to use their installation service, I'll have to read through their site and test their form generator a little.

        Because the order forms will contain credit card numbers, expiry dates and security codes hopefully HostGator's shared SSL certificate won't be a problem as they don't seem to like some types of form formats, I believe for security reasons.

        Otherwise I'll have to keep my other hosting account active which doesn't allow unlimited domain names.

        I appreciate both of your suggestions. Thanks very much for the help.

        Others passing through, please feel free to share other tools and ideas that may be out there...

        You can never have too many options...

        Dave
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Gatica
          I use a custom made form through hostgator and do not have anyprblems, I amoff to work now, When I get home I can create a sample form you can try.
          if youwant to give me some detail ssuch as hwo you want it processed when you hit submit button.

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          • Profile picture of the author Dave777
            Jeremy,

            Thanks for confirming that you use a custom made form through HostGator without any problems. Maybe HostGator support just didn't get a full understanding of what I'm trying to do.

            When the customer hits the submit button it goes to a printable thank you page and then goes through the shared SSL into the orders@ email address. Our safe shopping guarantee, some shipping information links, misc. tax info where applicable and other related details are in the headers.

            We ship world wide so the form is customized to accept all international locations including the US and Canada. Same with the credit card numbers which sometimes requires extra spacing. Hopefully that gives you a good picture on things and if you can create a sample form I can try that would be greatly appreciated.

            Feel free to pm me any services that you may offer. Always open to ideas, resources and info that can make things a whole lot easier, money making too...

            Thanks again for the info

            Dave
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      • Profile picture of the author Glenn Newsome
        Originally Posted by George Wright View Post

        Hi,

        In my cPanel and I would assume hostgator's in the fantastico installs there is one called phpForm I'm working on a site right now and here is a working version of how I use it. www.samedaywords.com/contact/use/contact/form1.html

        Are you looking for something like that. If HG doesn't allow it you can set one up with another host and just use it for the form. By the way I'm just playing around with the form to learn it. You can have as many Q and A with text box, text field, radio button, check, drop down box, etc. up to 99 fields.

        George Wright
        Hey George and Dave777,
        Here is my version of phpForm used with a little customizing from me to get it to fit into the website look.
        ContactUs

        I must say that phpform is kinda of a hassle if you don't figure out everything in advance or try to customize it.
        You better know how many fields, size, etc.
        I would love it probably if you could easily make changes. Maybe I am missing something--but changes require you to start all over--LOL
        I am not going to tell you how many cuss words were flying trying to customize that form--LOL But, it was my first attempt in using it--maybe a little easier next time--LOL

        The other thing I like about it is you can have a database and go back at anytime to see the info that was sent in the past.

        I am still looking for options to use on websites myself that I will be comfortable with. I have looked at paid solutions--but main problem there is--it is only for one website---I want to be able to use it building websites for the local offline business etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Pankhurst
    Matt's formmail is a great old script - but very buggy and a spam gateway.

    You can use a plugin replacement - nmsformmail - it's considered quite secure, and I don't believe hostgator will have a problem with it (I used it one of my HG sites until recently)

    nms - web programs written by experts
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