Form Submitting for Dummies

I love those “for Dummies” books — when I’m new to something, and I want to get the basics, they really give you the basics and help you understand what you really NEED to know, enriching your understanding bit by bit.

Well, I’m here to help give you the basics on “Form Submitting”.  Are you a  “form submitting dummy”?  I sure was, at one point.  I knew nothing about it.  Had no clue.

And then I started learning how to code.  I remember getting a little experience at it, and when my college work-experience team and I were asked to build a form, how panicked they were, and how calm I was.

So, I’m here to help you give you a leg up.

So first, what the heck is a form all about?  Well, you probably know that a form normally consists of at least one input field, (like a text field) and a submit button.  It is a construct of some HTML code that is interpreted by your web browser to allow you to enter some data and then have it… submitted… to do SOMEthing.

Generally, a basic form looks a bit like this:

<form>
Please Enter Your Name: <input type=”text” name=”First Name” />
<input type=’submit’ value=”Submit!” />
</form>

Now, what happens when you SUBMIT your form?  What happens to that data?

Well, according to how the form code above is set up, it submits to the same page that the form is on, because no “action” attribute has been specified.  In addition, it will submit the data via the “get” protocol (in the query-string part of your address bar, so that your address would look something like http://www.yourwebsite.com/myform.htm?First Name=Tom Sawyer).  And after that, it does nothing.

So how DO you SAVE or EMAIL you the results?  Well, you have to have what is called a “submit handler” or  “form handler“.  That submit handler needs to be coded in a server-side language, such as PHP, ASPX, JSP, Perl, or C.  The technicalities of actually crafting such a script are beyond the scope of this blog post, but suffice to say, it can be tricky.  It can take hours, if not days, or coding and testing, and more testing, and then MORE testing, before you get the script working just right.

So why am I even TELLING you about it?  To scare you?  No.  I’m telling this, to let you know that there is an easier way of submitting forms now.  I don’t think ANYone else is doing this out there, but we are.

You see, we KNOW that website operators tend not know how to code in PHP, ASPX, JSP, Perl, C, or whatever it takes to make an advanced submit handler.  So we developed a web-based interface service which does it all for you.

What does it take to get your form operational now, with our submit handler service?

  1. Sign up
  2. Verify Your Email Address
  3. Copy Three Snippets of code Into your page
  4. Submit your form
  5. Pat yourself on the back.

Literally, you can be done in 10 minutes.  TEN MINUTES!  Compared to hours of learning how to code a submit handler from scratch, this is all done for you.  No headache, and now you look like a Web GURU!

So go on over and check it out.  The name of the service is SuperSubmit, and you can find it at supersubmit.co