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WordPress Plugin – EE Contact Form

EE Contact Form is a simple yet solid email contact form system. This is not a custom form maker. There is a limited set of text input fields, which you may choose to show, require and change the default label.

There is also an option for including a file with the message, spam and word filtering options, and full control over who receives the mail, including CC and BCC capability. Extra effort has gone into reducing contact form spam and external tampering.

I’ve built this plugin primarily for my own use. Its straightforward setup, simple flexibility and difficulty for spambots to abuse makes me look good to my clients.

This website uses EE Contact Form. Try it out by sending me a message!

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To install, simply upload the plugin zip file to your WordPress website and activate it. Configure the simple settings in the new menu that will appear in your sidebar. Explanations of each feature accompany the inputs.

To add the plugin to your website, simply add the shortcode found on the main configuration page.

Customization

Styling over-rides are very simple as well and this plugin attempts to let your existing site’s styles do much of the work.

After first activation, the database will contain a single new row in the options table, option-name: [[eeContactForm]], containing a short pipe delimited string to store the plugin settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why did you go and build another contact form?

A: To be honest, I have developed this for use on the many websites I manage. I could not find a plugin that suited me, so I made my own.

Q: What if I have trouble? Will you help?

A: Yes, to the very best of my ability. Please contact me with any issues: [email protected]

Q: Can I customize the look?

A: Yes, the CSS is easily over-ridden, making it easy for anyone with CSS knowledge to customize the page design.

Q: Can I customize the function of the system?

A: Yes, you are free to modify the PHP. The coding is commented well, so it should be easy to figure out what’s going on. Contact me with questions.

Q: What is the maximum upload file size?

A: This is a setting that you choose in the file configuration. The initial default is 10Mb. The absolute maximum size will depend on your hosting setup. which is automatically detected.

Download the Plugin

This is a beta release and not yet published on WordPress.org. Come back here for new versions until then.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

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What to Do When Your Webmail Gets Hacked

My email has been hackedThis week I’ve been helping out a friend who had his Yahoo email account hacked. They managed to get into his account and proceeded to start sending garbage to all of his contacts. It didn’t take long for these contacts to start complaining. Hey, why are you sending me this crap?. Getting hacked is not a pleasant experience. The feeling of being violated and helpless to do anything about it is no fun.

I’m seeing this more and more with other services like Gmail and Hotmail (now Outlook.com) too, so I wrote up some tips to help you out. If you find your webmail has been hacked, here are the steps to take as soon as possible: Continue reading What to Do When Your Webmail Gets Hacked

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10 Tips for a Happy Life with Email

10 Tips for a Happy Life with EmailEmail remains the most popular Internet communication method. Even as we witness the evolution of the Net on what seems like a weekly basis, email remains very much unchanged in its technology and importance in our everyday computing lives. Conversations may be taking place entirely within Facebook or Twitter these days, but still it is your email that defines who you are in the cloud. Everyone needs to have an email. Its more important than having a credit card. Without an email address, your are nobody.

The future of email of email appears to hold little change. Although spam filtering and identity verification continues to evolve, the basics of email will stay as they are for the foreseeable future. This means that there is no better time than now to get your own email house in order so you can use it to its full potential and spend your precious time on the things that need doing in your life and business.

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PDF Files for Improved Document Exchange

PDF LogoI’m a Mac user. The type that really wants to keep anything Microsoft off of my Mac. So when people send me Word or Excel files I turn to Open Office to read them. This works pretty well in most cases. However, when it comes to the more advanced content that Office can include, I’m never sure that what I am seeing is the same as what the author is seeing. Granted, I do have a PC with Office installed, but to move the file over takes a few extra steps I’d just as soon avoid. It sure would be nice if everyone exchanged documents meant for reading only in the universally accepted Adobe PDF format. Continue reading PDF Files for Improved Document Exchange

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How to Design Your Email Address

The look and feel of your main business email address is an important choice. I say main because most people who use email a lot have more than one email address. Your main address is the one you communicate with your important clients or customers with. It’s the one everyone knows you by. It’ll often be printed on a business card and listed in other made-for-human places to be read. A strangely formatted address makes it hard to remember and increases the likelihood of typos tremendously. Take some time to plan your address well.

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cPanel Hosting Account Webmail

CPanel Webmail Login ScreenIn my last post I talked about setting up Microsoft Outlook to connect to your domain email account. This works great if you’re at the office or have your computer with you when traveling, but what if you need to check your email from another computer? If your website and email is hosted here at Element Engage, or your host uses the same, highly common, cPanel web hosting platform, you can access your email from anywhere via Webmail.

Here’s the two quick steps to get into your webmail from any computer:

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