No experience in web design and needing help

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by ariarteau, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. ariarteau macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    Hi Guys,

    I have absolutely no experience about web design and HTML ( Well, I do have a basic knowledge in HTML, like center stuff, change background color, put paragraph, etc. (Newbies' stuff)). I was still able to create a website (looking pretty basic but does the job!)

    I'm hosting it into my dropbox.

    I need some HTML brains to help me. I want to create a form that people will use to contact about one of my product they're interested in. They fill up the form and when they press on submit (or "Envoyer" by the fact my website's in French) it is sent automatically to me by email, telling me all the information they've given. I want this email to be sent from theirs, so I would just need to click on "reply" to reply to their email address. You understand what I mean ? (It would also be great if they could include a picture file in the form they would send me, but if it makes the stuff too difficult, let's just forget it)

    I'm really sorry for my inexperience in this stuff, but I would really like help from you guys.

    Thanks a lot
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I sort of think you'd be better off using one of those WYSIWYG editors or a template that you can download from the web; some are free and some are fee-based.
  3. ariarteau thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    The problem is that most of these websites gives you a PHP file, and I've got no idea how, first, to integrate it into a HTML code and, second, make the PHP work by hosting in DropBox.

    Do you have any suggestion of website that could help me ?

  4. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    If you're early in the development process, look at implementing WordPress site wide. WP makes things like this very easy. Many of the hosting services will even automate the install for you. I don't find it to be very easy to deploy WP manually to existing sites.

    If you want to stick with HTM, I would head over to WebMonkey and check out their tutorials on building forms.
  5. -pete-, Nov 15, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012

    -pete- macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Quick note: You can't "host" websites on dropbox, yes you can store files there but no one else will be able to access them. You will need You may want to sign up for a hosting package and maybe a domain name if you want one. Someone like hostgator can get you started with a basic package, they also offer one click installs for Content Management Systems such as WordPress, that might be easier to use than trying to put together a form yourself.

    There are alot of tutorials out there to get you started on PHP, I have used the PHP tutorials in the past but this will cost money, as a free alternative you could check out the University of Reddit's Programming in PHP course
  6. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    This isn't technically true. There is limited hosting ability. As an example, check out It's entirely hosted on Dropbox, with the domain name just set to forward to the Public folder on the Dropbox account set up for that. Any HTML files in the Public folder, along with linked images, can display just fine. The trick is that you can't have much, if any, folder hierarchy and of course PHP and other server-side functions don't work. It does have some potential for very simple sites, however.

  7. shootingrubber macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2009
    That's not true at all (unless it has changed recently). I have set up a site on Dropbox as a test server to show a client before.

    Anyways, for what the OP is asking it's pretty simple if you know basic PHP. Put a form on the page and process the form data in a simple PHP script, then send the data with PHP's built in mail function, or use a library like SwiftMailer (which I would recommend).
  8. -pete- macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Well I'll be damned, I did not know about this...

    Still, I've just tested and it only seems to use HTML and will not act as web server (which is needed to run PHP) I know there are methods to do what he wants to do with a server but surely having one can only make life easier?
  9. shootingrubber macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2009
    No, it's not a technically a web server in the traditional sense in that I believe it only runs HTML, and CSS, not PHP. You can rent some cheap shared hosting for something like $3 a month that has unlimited MySQL databases, and will run in the traditional sense.
  10. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    That would make it more of a web accessible folder than a webhost :)

    I'm assuming you couldn't run something like MAMP out of it? In any case, as you mentioned you can get really cheap webhosting if you shop around a bit, probably worth it just to save on the hassle.
  11. dophineh macrumors member


    Jan 29, 2009
    You can def host HTML from drop box... installing PHP on drop box on the other hand... i highly doubt.

    I would install wordpress from hosting tools such as Cpanel's QuickInstall and then download an email form contact plugin.

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