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Old 15th September 2009, 04:08 AM   #1

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Default I Need Help With Contact Form

How can I change my email address from text into an image? Someone told me that this way it won't be picked up by spam bots and it will reduce spam.

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Old 15th September 2009, 11:46 AM   #2

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The only way to reduce spam is to not provide your email address. Text or image. Using an image is often confusing for your site visitors because they will want to click on it or copy/paste it but that won't work for them because it is an image. I would create a contact form for the site. What type of hosting do you have (asp/php?)

Here are some websites that can help as well.

(a) www.recaptcha.net (b) www.formarmor.com (c) www.freecontactform.com

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Old 15th September 2009, 04:49 PM   #3
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Two ways that have been pretty successful for me.

1. javascript:

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
	var string1 = "info";
	var string2 = "@";
	var string3 = "yourdomainname.com";
	var string4 = string1 + string2 + string3;
	document.write("<a href=" + "mail" + "to:" + string1 +
	string2 + string3 + ">" + string4 + "</a>");
***Changing the "info" to whatever email address you are using.

2. Use a contact form instead of an email address. Add an addition problem with a confirmed answer to the bottom of the form:

To help us reduce spam, please answer the following question:

10 + 5 = ___ Please confirm your answer ____

Your hidden input field would look something like:

<input type="hidden" name="required" value="math1:math answer=math2:confirmed answer">

Your form field something like this:

<input name="math1" class="textInput" type="text" id="math1" size="3" maxlength="2">&nbsp;Please confirm your answer: <input name="math2" class="textInput" type="text" id="math2" size="3" maxlength="2">

I've tried Captcha many times without success, but the addition problem works well.


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Old 15th September 2009, 05:43 PM   #4

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Another option is just to spell out your address instead of writing it with the @ and .com. Like 'person at webaddress dot com.'

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Old 16th September 2009, 02:22 AM   #5

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Thanks, it was helpful, I also find contactmeform that i used.

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Old 16th September 2009, 03:20 AM   #6

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Default Transform your ascii email address into its equivalent decimal entity

If you follow this link - http://www.wbwip.com/wbw/emailencoder.html you will find a form that will allow you to encode your e-mail address through the use of Character Entities, transforming your ascii email address into its equivalent decimal entity.

Simply enter your regular e-mail address in the first text box, click the encode button, and then highlight and copy the resulting code produced in the second text box.

This encoded e-mail address can be read and translated back into its original ascii text by almost any web browser without any further action on your part. Just replace all instances of your e-mail address on your pages with the code, and you won't have to worry (too much) about spam lists.

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Old 10th October 2009, 09:10 PM   #7

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What I personally do is:

1.) Take a screenshot of my website, with the email address in plaintext. Crop this image, then embed it on the website as the contact address.
2.) Create a mail alias to my mailbox (I use info, so for instance it would be [email protected]), then use that address for the mailto: HREF. That way, visitors can also just click on my email address image to send me mail.

Also, I have a contact PHP script that just mails it directly to me. Using these guidelines, I haven't had a problem with spam (yet).

The best recommendation that I can give, also, is to create TONS of email aliases that point to your actual mailbox. When one mail alias gets too much spam, just dump it.

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