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This page will help you setup Pacific Online's Form Mailer script, which will collect information entered into a form on your web site and deliver it to you via email. The script is *ONLY* available with the Pacific Online Standard Hosting package and for web sites hosted on our Windows Servers. The Standard Hosting package also supports a variety of scripting languages that can easily handle forms and much, much more; PHP, ASP (Windows servers only), JavaScript, etc. 

Support for this script is only available through e-mail, via support@pon.net.

 Getting Started

Before you begin, you will need to create a page on your web site with a form for visitors to fill out and submit. If you don't know how to do this, refer to your Web / HTML editor software, or get started with the sample provided below in the Basic Configuration : Step 1.

In the examples below, the main items to review are in bold, and specific areas that you will need to change (in most cases) are highlighted in red.

 Basic Configuration

Step 1:  Update the form action line in your web page HTML code to reflect the following (you must replace "www.pon.net" with your web site URL):

    <form action="http://www.pon.net/cgi/ivmailer.dll?sample.ini

Sample.htm HTML code:

<form action="http://www.pon.net/cgi/ivmailer.dll?  
  /support/website/sample.ini" method="POST">

<tr><td>Name :</td>
<td><input type=text size=33 maxlength=50 name="name"></td></tr>
<tr><td>Email :</td>
<td><input type=text size=33 maxlength=50 name="email"></td></tr>
<tr><td valign="top">Comments : </td>
<td><textarea name="comment" rows=5 cols=25></textarea></td></tr>
<tr><td colspan="2"><p align="right"><input type=submit name="submit" value="Submit"><input type=reset name="Reset" value="Reset"></td> </tr></form></table></html>

Step 2:
  Create the sample.ini text file. This file will store the settings for how the Form Mailer script will process the submitted data from your form. There are only a few required elements for the Form Mailer script to work (more advanced options later):

Subject=Visitor Comments

In the example above, you must change the Recipient= and From= lines from "form-mailer@pon.net" to YOUR email address. The Server= line should NOT be changed. This information should be in a plain text file, such as you might create/edit with Windows' Notepad.

You can also rename the file if you like, just keep the .ini file extension. NOTE: If you rename the .ini file, you must change the form action line in your HTML code (see Step 1) to reflect the new name!

Step 3:  Upload the updated web page that includes your form (from Step 1) AND the sample.ini file you created/edited (from Step 2).

To keep it simple initially, you may want to keep the sample.ini file name and just upload both files to the main folder of your web site. In that case, the following form action line you used in Step 1 will work (change to your domain):

   <form action="http://www.pon.net/cgi/ivmailer.dll?sample.ini

However, if you decide to rename the .ini file, and/or upload the .ini file to a sub-folder in your web site, you must update the form action line to reflect the location of the .ini. For example, you would use...

   <form action="http://www.pon.net/cgi/ivmailer.dll?
" method="POST">

... if you renamed the file to comments.ini and placed it in a /mailer folder.

Step 4:  Test out your form! Load your web site and open the page that has your form. Click submit (it's not necessary at this point to fill in anything on the form, but you certainly can) and then check to see if you received the email.

 Advanced Configuration

The .ini file will allow you to enable many more options for controlling how your web form is processed. Please be sure the form is working from the steps in the Basic Configuration above before trying out the advanced options. When trying out the Advanced options, we recommend keeping it simple to start with and always keep backup of the .ini file that last tested OK.

The semi colons ( ; ) are used to disable certain options in the .ini file. Some options are repeated to show different examples of how they can be used; there are also options that should not be enabled/disabled dependant on how other options are configured.

DO NOT enable the same option more than once (i.e. do NOT enable two From= lines).

;FromName=Your Name
;FromName=<%firstname%> <%lastname%>
Subject=Visitor Comments
;Subject=<%firstname%>'s comments




- [
Required] DO NOT CHANGE.

Recipient=form-mailer@pon.net - [Required] This should be YOUR email address, or the email address where you'd like the message generated by the Form Mailer to be sent.

- [Required] The email you receive will show this as the FROM email address in your mail program. This should usually be the same email address you used for Recipient= above, *OR*
From=<%email%> - The email you receive will show it being from the email address entered by the visitor. The field name must MATCH in your HTML code and the .ini file; in this case we've used "email" in both the sample.htm AND the sample.ini. Since the From= is required, you will need to make the "email" field required (see below, i.e. Required1=email) or the form cannot process.

FromName=<%firstname%> <%lastname%> - [Optional] Your web site or business name could be put here, or you may want to pull information the visitor entered on your form, i.e. first and last name; the firstname and lastname "field" names must match those used in HTML code. Another example would be using <%fullname%>, if that's how you collect the name. 

=Visitor Comments - [Optional, but recommended] - This is the subject of the email you will receive; if not specified, the subject will be blank. You can just type text as shown in the example, or insert information the visitor entered on your form (i.e. Subject=<%firstname%>'s comments).

CC=<%email%> - [Optional] Enable this option if you want a carbon copy (cc) of the email to be sent to another address. This can be a second email of your choice, or as the example shows above, you might send a copy of the form to the visitor.

Template=\template.txt - [Optional] Customizes the email that is sent by the Form Mailer script. The example below is simple, but shows you can add plain text, as well as field names from the form (the field names must MATCH those in your HTML code). You must create and upload a plain text file; we recommend you name it template.txt, but if you choose a different name, be sure to update the .ini file. By default the script will look in your main web site folder for the template.txt file; if you are using a sub-folder, you will need to specify it in the .ini (i.e. Template=\mailer\template.txt).

<%name%> visited your site and had this to say:



[Optional] This allows you to require certain fields to be filled in before processing the form. At the very least, you will need to use this option if you use something like From=<%email%> (you would then use Required1=email here), as explained further above. If you require fields, it's recommended that you indicate this on the web page with your form; i.e. you might state at the top "Fields marked with a * are required" and place an asterisk next to those fields that are required for the visitor to fill out. In the third example, Required3=email;phone;fax, the script processes this as OR (vs AND); the visitor only needs to fill in one of the fields (email, phone, or fax).


[Optional] This section allows the requirement of only numbers, or special number handling, in certain fields. Use
fieldname=integer to force only numbers (whole numbersonly, i.e. 25), or fieldname=float to force numbers but also allow decimals (i.e. 25.50). 

[Optional] Allows for custom web pages to display upon successful form submission, missing required fields, incorrect data (i.e. letters into a field that required numbers), or if there is any other error with processing the script. You must create and upload an HTML file for each of these options you enable (Tip: Use your web site template here also); you don't need to use the names above in the example (i.e. ok.htm, missing.htm, etc), but if you choose different names, be sure to update the .ini file. By default the script will look in your main web site folder for the files; if you are using a sub-folder, you will need to specify it in the .ini (i.e. OnOK=\mailer\ok.htm).
You *must* use full http:// URL path names in these custom web pages for hyperlinks or locations of images, as the custom pages will be displayed through the Form Mailer script.


Support for the Form Mailer script is only available through email. Phone support cannot assist you with troubleshooting or general questions about this script. If you need help, please contact support@pon.net.

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