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PXS Mail Form – WP Plugin

14-09-2005 | Categories: — by Phrixus

Current Version 2.6

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How long till V3.0? I am getting very close to finishing off the very new and very cool rewrite of the contact form. It is sleeker, safer and more customizable that the current version… help keep me motivated by showing your appreciation….. ;-)

The current download is a new version that has some neat new features and better compatibility. It has a CC Sender option and no longer requires a seperate admin options file. If you have any previous versions, please delete the options-pxsmail.php file from the wp-admin directory. There is also a different code for the page where you want the form inserted so that it should now be compatible with the RTE editor in WP 2+. The Charset used is now pulled from the blog settings so I hope this helps where people have had issues!As always, please let me know if there are any problems!

Overview

PXS Mail Form was originally based on the contact form layout by Ryan Duff. I have expanded on his plugin by including various checks on the entered data and including an optional automatic redirect on successful transmission. The plugin will also check that the email address entered is in the correct format.
The latest update is eaier to use, allows you to deactivate the CSS injection from the options page.
Now cross references the quality of the content with a new referrer check. By ensuring that both the content is not dangerous and that a special md5 key matches information in the form, exploits should be harder to complete. In addition, if an exploit attempt is made, the script will quietly return to the homepage offering no feedback or warnings about this to the user. The plugin can send to multiple recipients and it will even create a drop-down menu if required to allow the user to select a recipient. See the instructions below.
I also suggest that it is only used on a page.
Latest features include the option to allow the sender to copy the message to themself, option to allow the user to add their own subject, completely new CSS and layout code for compatibility. Install and check the options page to see what you can do!

Requirements

PXS Mail Form has been built and tested on WordPress 1.5.2 and 2.0RC3

Installation

1. Copy pxsmail.php into the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
2. Go to the plugin manager and activate ‘PXS Mail Form‘.
3. Go to Options > PXS-Mail and update your email address and any other options you wish to change. To disable the automatic redirect, leave the destination field empty.
4. Add {mailform} to the page where you want the form to be inserted.

Sending to only one address
Simply enter 1 email address on the options page .

Sending to a group with no select menu
Enter a list of email addresses on the options page seperated by commas email@domain.com,email@domain2.com,email@domainx.com

Sending to a group with a select menu
You need to enter a list of email addresses on the options page, but you also need to specify the value that will be displayed in the menu and the subject that will be sent with the email. Use the following syntax email@domain.com,Person 1,Subject 1;email@domain2.com,Person 2,Subject 2 . The menu will be automatically displayed as the first field of the mail form. Note that each group is seperated by a ‘;’ and the variables are seperated by a ‘,’.

Sending to a group with a select menu and the option to send to all
Use the same system as above but create the last entry with ‘all’ as the email address as in this example email@domain.com,Person 1,Subject 1;email@domain2.com,Person 2,Subject 2;all,To All,Subject to all . The Menu option and subject are customisable as usual.

Update 12th September 2005:
I have finally updated the plugin and should fix a few issues that people were having.
There is now the option to turn off the CSS injection for those that would rather have the CSS in their own stylesheet. You can find the code used by the plugin at the end of the ‘pxsmail.php’ file. The option to turn this off is on the options page in your admin area.
As with the prior release, it should be placed on its own page or after the <!��more��> tag.

Update 13th September 2005:
Now cross references the quality of the content with a new referrer check.

By ensuring that both the content is not dangerous and that a special md5 key matches information in the form, exploits should be harder to complete. In addition, if an exploit attempt is made, the script will quietly return to the homepage offering no feedback or warnings about this to the user.

The new update should ensure that it is much more secure against spammers trying to exploit the script. If anyone receives any evidence that it has been compromised, please let me know and I will try to secure it again.

Update 14th September 2005:
Now works with the Markdown plugin.

Update 21st September 2005:
This major update adds a new feature as requested in the comments. The plugin can now send to multiple recipients and it will even create a drop-down menu if required to allow the user to select a recipient.For instructions on using these features, see the instructions above.

Update 21st December 2005: V2.5
The plugin now only has one file, the options file is no longer required. The code to insert the form has changed to {mailform} and should be compatible with the WP 2 RTE editor. There is a new option to show a ‘CC Myself’ box on the form… should be obvious what this does!

Update 23rd December 2005: V2.6
More new features and (hopefully!) much better CSS compatibilty with different themes and browsers. This code has been completely rewritten so please let me know if/when you have any layout problems! Another new option has been added that allows the sender to enter their own subject. If allowed, a subject will be shown on the form. If this is left blank, the default subject will be used. When using the multi-mail feature, the entered subject will be appended to the subject defined in the multi-mail code.

Good luck and please contact me if you have any difficulties or leave a comment below to help out other users!

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