A CAPTCHA is a program that can tell whether its user is a human or a computer. Computer programs can be bots that surf your site looking for information to use for malicious purposes. This type of phishing can capture email addresses on your contact forms and then begin spamming you endlessly. Or hackers can attempt to use your email for the spamming purposes.
Captcha creates a generating and grading test that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot.
You can acquire a free, secure and accessible CAPTCHA from the reCAPTCHA project. This is a Google project and it can be used for WordPress, MediaWiki, PHP, ASP.NET, Perl, Python, Java, and many other environments.
They’re becoming very popular because they are affective in dealing with the phishing problems. And for the most part, they’re pretty easy to set up and use. You’ve probably seen these tests when you’ve filled out a request form or tried to email someone through a contact form. For example, humans can read distorted text as the one shown below, but current computer programs can’t. Continue reading →
You can build a customized script specifically for your site at TheSiteWizard.com. At the time of this writing – I really love this place! They advertise their Wizard as: TheSiteWizard.com’s Free Customized Feedback Form Wizard creates a FREE feedback form for your website. This allows you to put a Feedback Form or Contact Form on your site so that visitors can send you messages / email or make comments.
In full disclosure, TheSiteWizard site isn’t the greatest user-friendly site I’ve seen. But I’ve written instructions for what to do on their site for a few friends and it seemed silly not to add that here to my blog as well. So here are my easy instructions for using TheSiteWizard.com site for creating your own form. Continue reading →
There are many reasons you might want to create a web form for you site. It can be a contact form to gather specific information from visitors, feedback on a particular topic for a school project or perhaps you’re hosting a tea part and need information from guests in an RSVP.
If you’re a business you may want to design a job application, or service request form for customers to complete. Forms aren’t just for email! You’ve probably filled out dozens of forms online for a wide range of reasons.
There are several ways to design a form and there are two parts to that design. The form itself and a program that processes the data entered into the form. That program can be easy, such as a Contact Form. Or it can be complicated, such as those used by corporations to take in data, process it and give you a specific result.
This post isn’t about the programs. It’s about the forms and how to set up an easy Contact Form that you can use for eMail contact, a questionnaire or that RSVP and anything else you might want to have eMailed to you. Continue reading →
If you’re on the web, you already know what a LINK is. It’s highlighted words, phrases or images that take a reader to another page, on your website or blog, or to another website entirely.
They can be used to add information to an article, to categorize information, group services or products for a company, or a variety of other points of interest. They can even be used to set up any easy method for visitors to send you email.
Links are pretty simple things to code, but they do have a few parameters that are worth noting. Continue reading →
Ok, you have an idea and a vision for sharing your knowledge on the web or you’re starting a small business and want to create an online presence where people can find you. As long as you have little patience, and an attitude to stick with it, even you can create a web presence.
You don’t have to know HTML, although it is helpful. You don’t have to be a computer artist, just resourceful. You don’t have to be a computer programmer, you just need some of the same tools they use.
But before you begin any of that, you need to decide two things. Do you create a website or do you create a blog? That depends on what you want to do. And what are you going to call your new web space? Continue reading →