Create Your PHP Contact Forms
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Process simple PHP contact form data without disruption
Contact forms are the easiest way to let your visitors get in touch with you. They also let you avoid revealing your email address on the web, which can attract spam.
You can build contact forms using various scripting languages, but PHP is one of the most popular. It’s very flexible and simplifies connecting to databases, but it isn’t always easy to learn, especially for beginners. Don’t worry, though – our PHP generator gives you a jump-start by creating a fully functional PHP form script you can download and use without any PHP code knowledge.
To get the PHP contact form script for a simple contact form with Submit button, just click here and save the file, or copy the PHP contact form code from the window to the right.
Want to learn even more about PHP code? Check out our guide to building jQuery Contact forms with Ajax and PHP.
How to create a form in PHP: step by step tutorial
1. Create a PHP file
Use our PHP generator to create a PHP contact form with two parts: the form that visitors see and the PHP script that processes the form data and sends it where you want it to go. Each part of the form can be located in the same file (as you see in the PHP example script) or in two different files. To create a PHP file, you can copy and paste the demo code above or download the example code file we’ve provided.
2. Copy the PHP script from above
To gather user data, we’ll create a simple PHP contact form that asks for a name, email and message (see above). We’ve highlighted the PHP contact form code above so you can see how it works.
When your visitors open the page with the form (see a live demo), they’ll see the form fields from the HTML code. After filling out the form and clicking the “Send email” button, visitors will stay on the same page but see a message confirming the form was processed. Submitting the form sets a hidden parameter called “action” that prevents the form from being displayed again, so you won’t bother visitors with forms they’ve already filled out. The form also uses PHP validation to ensure that all the HTML form fields are filled in properly. If even one required field is left empty, it generates an error message.
Create advanced forms with our PHP form builder
This page shows you how to create a simple PHP contact form, which is pretty easy. If you want to gather more data with other types of fields, such as single-choice, multiple-choice, text box, a radio button, HTML tag or dropdown fields, you’ll have to add validation and processing for these fields as well. Never fear, it’s easy and you don’t have to write the PHP form code — we generate it for you.
Ensure safety and accuracy of data
If spammers start to autofill your contact form with garbage data, you can add CAPTCHA image verification to stop them, such as reCAPTCHA by Google. If users mistype their email addresses, turn on form validation to make sure that all emails are formatted properly. And if you want your visitors to send you files, you can let them upload files with PHP code, too.
Doing all of this on your own would require advanced knowledge of PHP, but the 123 Form Builder free PHP contact form generator includes these features and many more to make form building a breeze. Give it a try today!