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Contact form or Mailto:

Posted 08 April 2011 - 08:19 PM

I've been thinking about this for some time (for no reason really) and I wanted to know...

Do you find creating an entire contact form out of PHP/HTML (or your respective languages) better than just using a mailto: link?

Or Vice versa?

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Re: Contact form or Mailto:

Posted 08 April 2011 - 08:37 PM

Definately use the server side system over mailto. Mainly because most spam bots just scan sites for mailto or a valid email address and then you're on their list. Second make sure that you add a catpcha to the form or else you'll end up with a similar problem.
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Re: Contact form or Mailto:

Posted 08 April 2011 - 11:20 PM

> Do you find creating an entire contact form out of PHP/HTML (or your respective languages) better than just using a mailto: link?

You realize that mailto is just entirely client dependent handling? You would be better off just leaving your e-mail address visible and allowing the user to e-mail at his convenience.

A contact form, however, is not client side in the mailing portion. It's handled by the server. So keep that in mind.
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Re: Contact form or Mailto:

Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:43 AM

I personally never use a mailto: link .

if you know how to program then never do that . Your colleagues wont be impressed

A mailto: Link is a magnet for spam.

greetings

Marinus
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Re: Contact form or Mailto:

Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:35 PM

Also, I get pissed when clicking a mailto link because it always opens up outlooks and takes a very long time to start and get up to date. I tend to forget it and not make the email by then.
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Re: Contact form or Mailto:

Posted 09 April 2011 - 04:08 PM

View PostOler1s, on 09 April 2011 - 01:20 AM, said:

> Do you find creating an entire contact form out of PHP/HTML (or your respective languages) better than just using a mailto: link?

You realize that mailto is just entirely client dependent handling? You would be better off just leaving your e-mail address visible and allowing the user to e-mail at his convenience.

A contact form, however, is not client side in the mailing portion. It's handled by the server. So keep that in mind.

I am very aware of this.


I know how to do both, and was asking the community which they use.
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