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Make contact form and send email in PHP

Having a contact form on your web site is vital when you need to know what your site visitors think about your web site. We will first create a simple contact form with 3 fields - Email address, Name, Comments. I will use a table to align the 3 fields and the Send button. Create a new file and paste the code below in it. Save it as test.php and upload it to your web server. Now, you have a web page (http://www.yourdomain.com/test.php) with a simple contact form on it.

<form action="test.php" method="post"> 
<table width="400" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="0">
<tr>
<td width="29%" class="bodytext">Your name:</td>
<td width="71%"><input name="name" type="text" id="name" size="32"></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="bodytext">Email address:</td>
<td><input name="email" type="text" id="email" size="32"></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="bodytext">Comment:</td>
<td><textarea name="comment" cols="45" rows="6" id="comment" class="bodytext"></textarea></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="bodytext"> </td>
<td align="left" valign="top"><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Send"></td>
</tr>
</table>
</form>


Then we will need the actual PHP code which will send the email when the above form is submitted. We will need to define the email that the message should be sent to ($ToEmail) and also the subject for the message that will be sent ($EmailSubject). Change youremail@site.com to your email address where the message should be sent and also add an appropriate subject for you message. The $mailheader variable is used to define the email message header. We set the From, Reply-To and Content-type fields for the message. There are some more fields that can be used but for this example we will only use these 3. Depending on your server configuration you may need to have the From and Reply-to fields be a valid email address from your server.If you have a domain name mysite.com, then you should use a valid email address such as contact@mysite.com. In this example I am sending the email using the actual email address that is submitted via the form on site. Next all the data submitted via the web form is taken from the $_POST variable and saved in the $MESSAGE_BODY variable. Using the nl2br function you will make all the new lines in your comments box appear as new lines in your email message too. Having all the needed data for our email message we will use the mail() function which will send that email for us.

<?php 
$ToEmail = 'youremail@site.com';
$EmailSubject = 'Site contact form';
$mailheader = "From: ".$_POST["email"]."\r\n";
$mailheader .= "Reply-To: ".$_POST["email"]."\r\n";
$mailheader .= "Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1\r\n";
$MESSAGE_BODY = "Name: ".$_POST["name"]."<br />";
$MESSAGE_BODY .= "Email: ".$_POST["email"]."<br />";
$MESSAGE_BODY .= "Comment: ".nl2br($_POST["comment"])."<br />";
mail($ToEmail, $EmailSubject, $MESSAGE_BODY, $mailheader) or die ("Failure");
?>


All we have to do now is to combine the web form and email sending code into a single page. We will use an IF statement to check if the form has been submitted and if so it will send that email and will show a "Your message was sent" message on the screen instead of the web form.

<?php 
if ($_POST["email"]<>'') {
$ToEmail = 'youremail@site.com';
$EmailSubject = 'Site contact form';
$mailheader = "From: ".$_POST["email"]."\r\n";
$mailheader .= "Reply-To: ".$_POST["email"]."\r\n";
$mailheader .= "Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1\r\n";
$MESSAGE_BODY = "Name: ".$_POST["name"]."<br />";
$MESSAGE_BODY .= "Email: ".$_POST["email"]."<br />";
$MESSAGE_BODY .= "Comment: ".nl2br($_POST["comment"])."<br />";
mail($ToEmail, $EmailSubject, $MESSAGE_BODY, $mailheader) or die ("Failure");
?>
Your message was sent
<?php
} else {
?>
<form action="test.php" method="post">
<table width="400" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="0">
<tr>
<td width="29%" class="bodytext">Your name:</td>
<td width="71%"><input name="name" type="text" id="name" size="32"></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="bodytext">Email address:</td>
<td><input name="email" type="text" id="email" size="32"></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="bodytext">Comment:</td>
<td><textarea name="comment" cols="45" rows="6" id="comment" class="bodytext"></textarea></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td class="bodytext"> </td>
<td align="left" valign="top"><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Send"></td>
</tr>
</table>
</form>
<?php
};
?>


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365 Comments to "Make contact form and send email in PHP"

  • Paul Harrison

    Paul Harrison

    October 13, 2017 at 07:16 am

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  • Php Professional

    Php Professional

    August 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Nice one. This is a fully informative tutorial about mail function in PHP. I have been searching for exactly this solution. I want to encourage you to continue your great job.

    Thanks.

  • tee

    tee

    June 22, 2017 at 15:40 pm

    I did the same and have the site running on wamp localhost, but its returning Failed to connect to mailserver at "localhost" port 25

  • geomineral.ru

    geomineral.ru

    June 14, 2017 at 20:50 pm

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  • Alex Buckley

    Alex Buckley

    June 9, 2017 at 03:33 am

    Hi, I hope my email finds you well.

    My name is Alex, I

  • Nary

    Nary

    May 13, 2017 at 23:38 pm

    Hey, on occasion I see a 400 site error when I arrive at your webpage. I thought you may wish to know, regards

  • rohit

    rohit

    May 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Error:Undefined index: email in C:xamphtdocsnworldTest.php on line 2

  • Johnf32

    Johnf32

    April 3, 2017 at 01:26 am

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  • syafiq

    syafiq

    January 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Nice post..I will try for my mailing adress -mailto-for my online form..
    I will ask again if it do not work properly..

  • Autumn

    Autumn

    December 16, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Good Morning

    Thank you for the below email message.

    Ray-Ban

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