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View Poll Results: Is a form mail system important?

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  • No, it makes no difference to a site.

    1 33.33%
  • No, it just makes the site design more complicated.

    0 0%
  • Yes, it is important but not essential.

    1 33.33%
  • Yes, it is an essential element of a professional site.

    1 33.33%
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    To form mail or to not form mail. That is the question.

    Hi all,

    I'm curious to know what everybody thinks.

    I reckon all business related sites should use some system of form mail for email contact.

    What do you reckon? Vote and lets see.

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    SitePoint Evangelist worksdev's Avatar
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    I’m not sure I fully understand the context of your question.

    A key element of many business sites is to provide some form of easy contact. These include mail form, telephone, email, live chat, or post mail. If your company can successfully manage multiple points of contact, then offering the site visitor multiple choices is good.

    Emails are often harvested by spam bots, so a web form that is processed server-side or in a way that hides email would be preferable over just email.

    Does this answer your question?

    best regards,
    worksdev

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    Whoops, maybe I did not make myself clear, what I mean is some sort of script based email system, not a simple mailto link.

    Is that clearer?

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    call me fickle, but i usually like to:
    a) know where my email is going (with those forms you usually don't see who the recipient is, or if it's even being sent at all)
    b) use my own email program, thank you very much. i can use my standard signature, add attachments, formatting if needed, and am not constrained by some (sometimes) badly designed, usually far too small form textarea...
    but i know that many clients want it...so well...
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    I usually go inform clients of their options, and most say that they want a form. I don't see a problem with having them, I guess it's just personal preferences.


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