Free (as in beer) PHP Form Handler


We've provided this form to mail handler in response to a specific request, but anybody is welcome to use it. All we would ask in return is that you credit us with a link to from somewhere on your site. Perhaps on your form thankyou page?

This form processor takes GET and POST form submissions, and emails them to an email address hardcoded into the script - this makes it impossible for spammers to use this script to send spam by exploiting this script.

The script will validate required input fields, textareas and selects - however, it doesn't validate required checkboxes or radio buttons at the moment. It might do in a later version. Hey: it's free. Be grateful!


Two main files you need to look at

Example form: index.php

There's an example form in the .zip file: index.html

If you want to make a field required, simply prefix its name with "req_" - for example:

<input type="text" name="name" /> - not required

<input type="text" name="req_name" /> - is required

There's also some quite neat form validation javascript (form_validation.js) included in the example. It's pretty handy - it uses the .formrequiredincomplete class in the included form.css file to highlight required fields in red when they aren't filled in.


Forms are submitted to form.php:

There's just four config elements you need to change here:

    '' // Put you mail domain here
    'Invent Partners' // Put your site name / form name here
    '' // Where will the form notification be sent?
    '' // This what the form FROM: address wil be,
    if the form submissions doesn't contain an email field

Please make sure you update these settings! Otherwise, we here at will receive your form submissions. Much as we like you, we really don't have the time to forward them on to you.

"form/" directory

This contains the main form.class.php (don't mess with this unless you know your PHP), and bunch of includes: is displayed upon a successful submission, when required fields aren't filled, and is displayed when the form processsor is "misfired"

Form Spam

Note: There's also some basic spam filtering functionality embedded into form.class.php - this isn't documented or implemented in this version, but if you want to start using it, a reasonably knowledgable PHP coder should be able to figure it out.


Whilst we've made every effort to make this script both bomb and idiot proof, the usual disclaimers apply: Invent Partners accepts no liability for any loss or damages incurred by the use or misuse of this script. Sorry.

There. Now that's your lot. Download the script here - have fun!

“ From the outset, invent Partners got the balance right and were prepared to listen to our needs, whilst at the same time offering their depth of knowledge and experience. The end product we received is exceptional and has since proven its worth, fundamentally from a ‘back end’ input and management information viewpoint and importantly from a ‘front end’ consumer ease of use stance. Needless to say, we are growing our business as a result, with 80% of web business as ‘net new’. ”
Ged, Vertigrow Ltd

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