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Chapter 11. Forms > Using a Form Hosting Service

Using a Form Hosting Service

Another option for those who cannot or don't want to use a CGI script is a form hosting service. There are several such companies that create forms for you, give you access to CGI scripts that process the forms, or process the forms directly and send you the results via e-mail. You generalnly "pay" for the service by including some sort of advertisement on your page.

To use a form hosting service:

1.
Search for a form hosting service on AltaVista or Yahoo.

2.
Connect to the form hosting service.

3.
Read their site to answer the following questions:

  • Who creates the form: you or them?

  • What do you have to do in exchange for them processing your forms?

  • Is it OK to use their processing for commercial sites, or just personal ones?

4.
Follow their instructions for setting up your form. Consult the rest of this chapter for more information about creating form elements.


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