HTML form for Yola website

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About three years ago I created a website on Yola and added a form written in HTML that worked perfectly. That site is now extinct.
I'm creating a new site and want to add a form again with HTML (I just like to change the layout etc so want to make my own) but it just sends me an email with the subject line set to "Form post from Firefox" with no content. I've checked the code (honest)! and can't see any errors. Can anyone help? the form is on the Contacts page of http://thegoodolddays.yolasite.com .
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Philip Taylor

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Justine

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Hi Philip,

I have taken a look at your contact form, and I can see that there is placeholder text that indicates "This contact form is not working yet, sorry... but stay tuned." However, this field is editable.

What I did notice is that when I tried to send a test message, it opened up my mail program instead of just submitting directly from the site. Is this the way you'd like it to work?

I have sent through a test message - could you confirm whether you received it, and whether you could see the content that says "Yola test message"?

Thanks!
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Philip Taylor

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Thanks Justine.
No, I haven't received the message you sent (and it's not in deleted folder either).
Yes, that is the way the previous version worked, and it worked well for my application. But if there's another way I'm quite happy to try it. All I want is to be able to format the layout myself. The fields I've used are all I need (for now anyway). The placeholder text is intended to disappear when you type in the field.
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Update: When I exited here, the message had arrived. It had the message you described, and identified you. There was no email address (I presume the "- -" was your entry there).
If so, all your typing came through ok, but the fields were not identified as they were previously
(eg: Name= your name etc).
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Update on update:
Fixed !!!
The system doesn't recognize "id=..." for data, it still uses the old "name=... format.
Thanks for your help Justine.
Once again, a prompt response from Yola was very encouraging.
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So glad to hear it's all worked out Phillip and thanks for sharing the solution here as others may find it helpful going forward!
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I might be in the same boat as Philip. I have a current site that I want to update and I have pulled the enrolment form(www.studiod.com.au/Registration.html), which captures name, phone, email etc and also captures what classes the person wants to enrol in, and sends it through in a list form to our email which we can print off and file.
With my limited HTML skills I have brought the form layout to Yola (http://studiod.yolasite.com/2013-regi...) but when I preview and test the form nothing happens. I assume that the info entered isn't being stored anywhere and thus not forwarded.
Is this similar to Philip in that "id=" doesn't go anywhere and that I should change it to "name=" or another field?
Other than this issue I am ready to tackle the world with my new site.
Thanks in advance
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Hi Dave.
I doubt that I can help you much, as your form is in Javascript, which I'm not that familiar with. But I can give you the HTML code for a form (which works on my website) if you like. The Javascript one will give you more functions if you can make it work (it will wait for correct input on each field) so hope someone can help with this, and I'll be interested to see how it's done. Good luck.
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Thanks Philip
I might grab that code from you please and then I can compare the 2 to see if I can pickup where mine is falling down
I just joined the forum so I don't know if there's a private message section if you don't want to share it here?
Cheers
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Philip Taylor

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Dave
I've just been checking to make sure it works ok, and found it doesn't work in IE7 - only in Firefox. This is probably no use to you (or me) sorry.
I'm going to see what I can do with the Javascript one from your site, and if I can make it work I'll send that. In the meantime, maybe someone else will be more helpful. (Shane?)
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Philip Taylor

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I've been experimenting, and looking around for alternatives, and the best I've found is Wufoo, which is a drag-in gadget from your Yola site. I will be using this myself, and am very happy with its functions and flexibility. It's free, and very easy to set up.
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I did look at Wufoo, thank you for suggesting, but I have more fields than the 10 they allow for free and I can't justify spending $180 per year to get something that replaces what I have that (almost) works. It works on my old site so I wonder if it has something to do with the storage of collected info on Yola? Maybe the collected info doesn't actually go anywhere thus not sent on. I'll keep playing
Thanks again for your input
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Try jotform.com. There isn't a field limitation. Also allows you to send the form field contents to a spreadsheet on Google Drive if you wish to subsequently manipulate that data. Both (jotfom and GD) have free subscriptions also.
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Gop, you're a champion.
Sgned up, made form, applied to site and successfully tested in about half an hour. Easy peasy lemon squeezy
Thanks heaps.
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Gop

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Jotform is a superb product, extremely adaptable and their support is the best I have come across.
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Philip Taylor

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You're right again, Gop (of course!). I just tried Jotform and it's 100% easier to install and use than others, and with all the facilities anyone (almost) would want.
Thanks again for your help.
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One issue with jotform is that you can't attach a file to an auto-reponse which is a real pain in certain circumstances. This would be ideal for developers who offer information in a file to responders. You are compelled to respond manually with the file of information attached.