I purchased CoffeeCup form builder because its PR said it was really, really simple to create and publish forms. A form builder for dummies, which I am. I was in dire need of a form for a site at which customers provide information to obtain a custom quote for the manufacturing of flags and banners. The Coffee Cup form builder builds the form by WYSIWYG and creates all the code for it and sends an auto response to the customer and a report of the form results to the business so a quote can be given. The form has an upload file section so that art work can be attached. Coffee Cup hosts the form for free as long as there are not too many submitted. It is supposed to work anywhere. Well, it will not upload .pdfs No where in its literature did it say that the form would work only on a Linux server. I was hosting it at Coffee Cup but only a set number of fee uses are allowed before you have to pay for it. But uploading pdfs was not working. After two days of support exchanges I was finally told that it would not work on a windows server, which is what I have with whois. I read the forums before purchasing and saw some people having trouble and they were told to get 777 permissions for something. When that didn't work they they were sent to the " back room"for support so no other information was made public. After Coffee Cup support told me I had to have the server set 777 permissions I asked whois suppot. They said they can't do anything because the on script I have is just to send the form results back to Coffee Cupp.
So the miracle form builder does not work. whois cannot set any permissions anywhere because CoffeeCup has all the code on its server.
So I need to learn what a database is and try to program it and write code, script or something. I have absolutely no idea what I am doing.
What kind of database do I need? I fear writing a script will be well beyond my abilities, but I don't even know how a script does something with a database.
Can anyone give me some help?