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    Gopher, again, thanks for all your help in helping folks get their websites started. I am currently working on modifying temp #5 for my business. For some reason, when I downloaded it I did not get the Welcome page , so I can not modify it. It comes up when navigating buttons from one of the other pages but does not have it's own file to pull up directly in a HTML editor.Is this a problem on your end or did something go wrong with the download?
    Also, I would really like to add a page for Core-Aeration, as well as a page for seasonal tips and specials combined. Is this possible? If not, is there a way I can change the Testimonials button and page header to read Core-Aeration instead of Testimonials? I am using Coffecup 2005 HTML editor but am mostly using the visual editiing features since I am totally new to HTML code. Tried to change the button in Code editting mode but the button looked different when I was done, so I didn't save the changes. Actually looking to be able to access the Core-aeration page from both a button and by making the words core-aeration in the services page a link.
    Again thanks for all the help. What I have edited so far looks great and I can't wait to get it on the web soon.

  • #2
    Hi Turfsurfer,

    You can download the web pages here.

    View the page you need and save it.

    Quote[/b] ]Also, I would really like to add a page for Core-Aeration, as well as a page for seasonal tips and specials combined. Is this possible?
    Sure this is possible. You can edit the pages any way you see fit. You just have to edit the html code.

    Let me know if this helps.

    Show us the link to your site when you are done.
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    • #3
      Gopher, thank you, I downloaded the Welcome page and now I can edit it. Trying to figure what I did wrong with the HTML coding for the buttons. When I finished, the button for core-aeration looked different( font was different, had a small "x"box and the page heading did not change. All I did was go into the code and change every word "testimonials" to "core-aeration". Should this be a long involved process or was I close with what I did? As soon as I figure it out, I'll have my site up that day.
      Also, I like the idea of having a page where a potential customer can submit their address and request an estimate by hitting a "submit" button. Where does this request go? I saw an example powered by your "lawnmail". How can I do something like this on my site?

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      • #4
        After a little more looking, I see that you have to have gopher software to run lawnmail. For sites that just have the estimate form with a "submit" button at the bottom, do they just code that button somehow to link to their e-mail?
        Lawnmail aside, I looked at the features of your Gopher software and am definately interested in downloading the "plus" trial version to play around with during the offseason. I currently use Quickbooks and I see the "plus" is compatible. Does this mean that I won't have to enter invoicing and receivables in both? For instance, if I bill out of Gopher, does the info automatically get transferred to QB? I like the financial reports that I get from QB and do not want to make double entries for both softwares. I do like alot of the features in Gopher, looking forward to using the trial and possibly buying before March hits.

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        • #5
          Hi turfsurfer,

          Do you want to post your web address and then we can check it out? If you are still having coding problems maybe we can see something that isn't right.
          Yes Lawnmail needs Gopher because it accesses your customer database allowing your customers to review their data online.
          Quote[/b] ]Does this mean that I won't have to enter invoicing and receivables in both?
          You would enter your data in Gopher and can export that data to QB. So you would only enter the data once.
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          • #6
            Thanks, I have not published the site to the web yet, so you won't be able to look at it. I'll work on it some more and if I just can't figure it out, I'll publish it uncompleted and let you look at it. Thank again for the help.

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            • #7
              Hi turfsurfer,

              We are looking forwards to seeing it.
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              • #8
                Turfsurfer....I am trying to get my web page started. *I'm looking for a simple program (for dumbies) to edit with. *Do you have any ideas to what progam I should use.



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                • #9
                  Here is the Coffee Cup HTML editor program

                  http://www.tucows.com/preview/194456.html
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                  • #10
                    Blades, sorry it took so long to respond. I reccomend the coffeecup software to help with your site. I have taught myself alot over the last couple weeks but admit I still have alot to learn. My website is basically done but I'm having to put out alot of fires. Right now I'm dealing with the fact that none of the graphics and images seem to have been uploaded correctly. It all looks fine on when looking at it through the windows explorer files on my hard-drive, but I must have made some kind of mistake with the links because there are no images on the website, just placeholders. I'm still learning the difference between when to use "href" and when to use "src" to refer to images. When it's done I think it will be a great site and gophers template definately helped alot as a base document. I would probably be done right now but I got ambitious and expanded the basic template quite a bit. Good luck with your site.

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                    • #11
                      Hey Blades and Turfsurfer....

                      A couple of tips to help you on your way....

                      When adding sections to a page look for repeating bits of code... this makes it easier to see which bit of code means a certain thing on the actual site...

                      HREF and SRC are used in two different ways....

                      HREF is used to link to different places on a page...

                      For example...

                      <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">
                      &#60;a href=&#34;TARGET OF THE LINK.html&#34;&#62; THE BIT YOU CLICK ON HERE &#60;/a&#62;
                      [/QUOTE]

                      The above will output THE BIT YOU CLICK ON HERE and when you click on it it will go to "TARGET OF THE LINK.html"

                      For images you would use the IMG tag

                      <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">
                      &#60;img src=&#34;IMAGE LOCATION HERE&#34;/&#62;
                      [/QUOTE]

                      you can also add width and height etc to the above... to give..

                      <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">
                      &#60;img src=&#34;IMAGE LOCATION HERE&#34; width=&#34;100&#34; height=&#34;100&#34;/&#62;
                      [/QUOTE]

                      This will make the image square at 100pixels x 100pixels.

                      ********-

                      I hope the above as helped... you can also combine them (which is probably what you have on your navigation menu and why you are getting confused)

                      eg.. to click on an image (button?) to take you somewhere you can have...


                      <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">&#60;a href=&#34;TARGETPAGE.html&#34;&#62;&#60;img src=&#34;IMAGELOCATIONHERE&#34; width=&#34;150&#34; height=&#34;15&#34;/&#62;&#60;/a&#62;[/QUOTE]

                      If youve got any more questions just post them and i&#39;ll post things like this to help you out...

                      Lightning

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                      • #12
                        Lightning, thanks alot. That will help me alot. I HAVE been combining the href and src codes because of what I saw in other parts of the template. Besides my pictures not loading, pretty much everything else works. One problem I am having is that on my contact page where I have you input your info to get an estimate, when you hit the "request your estimate" button you get a message saying this is not allowed for the URL. I have linked that button to my e-mail from the web host (go daddy). Is there a special kind of e-mail account needed to receive the info from my contact page? Here is a link to my uncompleted site ( I will work on the image codes later). I have not submitted the site to any search engines yet so if the link doesn&#39;t work you will have to enter it in your top explorer browser.
                        My Webpage.
                        Thanks for all your help. Another example of why these forums are so valuable. Gopher has definately earned my business for all their help. I will be purchasing their software this winter for sure.

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                        • #13
                          Ok.. the POST error is normally given if php is not enabled correctly on the web host... please check that

                          it is available for use first.... if it is then carry on reading

                          PHP email is a bit more complicated than sending data between forms to web pages....

                          Basically you need to set certain values in your servers php.ini file to allow you to send email...

                          The site below tells you what data to edit in the php.ini file...

                          http://email.about.com/cs/phpemailtips/qt/et021802.htm

                          When you click the send email button on your page, you will need to run a php file to send the email...

                          This is going to be a big example... so look away now everyone who cant be bothered to read&#33;&#33;&#33;

                          Right....

                          A form on a web page is sent using the Action tag...

                          <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">&#60;FORM action=?cmd=send method=post&#62;[/QUOTE]

                          That is what you currently have.... the action tells the browser what page to go to next when the sumbit

                          button is clicked, the method tells it to keep the data secret or public (the GET method is used to send

                          the data and display it in the address bar, the POST method is used to send it without displaying it in the

                          address bar.)

                          <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">&#60;FORM action=&#34;emailscript.php&#34; method=post&#62;[/QUOTE]

                          The above will, instead of trying to send direct from the html page, run a file called sendemail.php which

                          i will later show what it should contain to send the email correctly...

                          Right, to the form is set to run a php file when the button is clicked, now, what data will the form send?

                          Each piece of data is entered by the user in textboxes etc on the contact page.

                          <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">&#60;input name=&#34;contactname&#34; type=&#34;text&#34; size=&#34;100&#34;/&#62;[/QUOTE]

                          The above code will put a textbox on the site, for the user to enter their Contact Name.

                          The NAME tag is what the data inside the box is called when it is sent by clicking the submit button...

                          Ok, so we now have a form that has a text box on it, that will run "emailscript.php" when it is sent, we

                          now need to add the submit button to send the data to the file.

                          <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">&#60;input name=&#34;submit&#34; type=&#34;submit&#34; value=&#34;Click ME&#33;&#34;/&#62;[/QUOTE]

                          This will put a button on the page with "Click Me&#33;" written on it, we now tell Internet Explorer that the

                          form is finished by putting the end tag for the form onto the page..

                          <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">&#60;/form&#62;[/QUOTE]

                          Right&#33;&#33; We now have a fully working form that will send things to "emailscript.php". *Now we need to make

                          the emailscript.php file...

                          Only kidding i&#39;ll make it for you&#33;&#33;

                          <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">
                          &#60;html&#62;
                          &#60;head&#62;
                          &#60;title&#62;Send Email&#60;/title&#62;
                          &#60;meta http-equiv=&#34;Content-Type&#34; content=&#34;text/html; charset=iso-8859-1&#34;&#62;
                          &#60;/head&#62;

                          &#60;body&#62;
                          &#60;?php
                          // redrect back to the contact page after running script...

                          header&#40;&#34;Location&#58; contact.html&#34;&#41;;

                          //get the data form the contact page and store it in a variable

                          &#036;contactname=&#40;&#036;_POST&#91;&#34;contac tname&#34;&#93;&#41;;

                          //right so we have the users contact name stored in somthing called &#036;contactname
                          //lets write an email&#33;&#33;

                          &#036;to = &#34;you@yourdomain.com&#34;;
                          &#036;subject = &#34;You subject&#34;;

                          // &#34;&#92;n&#34; is the character used to create a new line int he email.. &#40;like pressing enter&#41;
                          // a . will join bits of data together...

                          &#036;body = &#34;Hi,&#92;nThanks for contacting the website&#33;&#92;n&#92;nYour name was&#58; &#34;.&#036;contactname;

                          // Call the mail function and send the email
                          if &#40;mail&#40;&#036;to, &#036;subject, &#036;body&#41;&#41;
                          {
                          * echo&#40;&#34;&#60;p&#62;Message sent&#33;&#60;/p&#62;&#34;&#41;;
                          }
                          else
                          {
                          * echo&#40;&#34;&#60;p&#62;Message delivery failed...&#60;/p&#62;&#34;&#41;;
                          }
                          ?&#62;
                          &#60;/body&#62;
                          &#60;/html&#62;
                          [/QUOTE]

                          Save the above in notepad as emailscript.php

                          Right... now thats all done your ready to go&#33;&#33;

                          Upload all of the new files and have fun sending email&#33;

                          P.S i havent had time to thoroughly test the php file but it should work as ive done it before&#33;&#33;&#33;

                          Hope this helps, and sorry for the long post

                          /lightning *

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                          • #14
                            Lightning,
                            Whew&#33; that&#39;s alot of new stuff for a newbie like me. Just to get this straight, am I correct in your code samples that whenever you have //, that is a note to me and not part of the code or do I input it as is? Also, did you use any generic values that I have to change for myself or is the code written as is (ex. you@yourdomainname, is that literal or a variable for this particular part) ? I will definately have to look at my code here in a minute to see exactly where to input these commands. If you included any totally new code here, where will I place it? Also do I have to write this code for every text box or just once at the beginning or end to cover the whole form? Sorry, probably should have printed my page first before answering your post.
                            One last thing, someone on another forum suggested I have left the door open for all kinds of spam by not masking my e-mail and form actions. Is this true and will the method=POST (vs. =GET) solve some of this or is this something else? I won&#39;t be making much noise about the site until I get that issue resolved.
                            Thanks for all the help, I&#39;m kindof a rock but I&#39;ll catch on.

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                            • #15
                              Hey&#33;

                              Yep you&#39;re right the // means that that line does not get ran as part of the script and this means that it is used to leave notes to the user...

                              You@yourdomain.com will need to be changed to your email address, aswell as the subject to any subject you want..

                              The only new code is the editing of the ACTION value on the FORM tag to tell the form to go to the php file....

                              Other than that you will need to add to the php file the sections from your contact page that you want to be emailed...

                              eg

                              <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">
                              &#036;contactname=&#40;&#036;_POST&#91;&#34;contac tname&#34;&#93;&#41;;
                              [/QUOTE]

                              the above grabs the data from your form, so to add lines to this to get more things from your form simply do the following...

                              <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">
                              &#036;contactname=&#40;&#036;_POST&#91;&#34;contac tname&#34;&#93;&#41;;
                              &#036;nextdataname=&#40;&#036;_POST&#91;&#34;nextd ataname&#34;&#93;&#41;;
                              &#036;another=&#40;&#036;_POST&#91;&#34;another&#3 4;&#93;&#41;;
                              [/QUOTE]

                              Then add these into the body of the email by adding the following code to the body....

                              A "." followed by "&#92;n" followed by a "." then &#036;newdataname (the data name that you have just added)

                              eg

                              <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">
                              &#036;body = &#34;Hi,&#92;nThanks for contacting the website&#33;&#92;n&#92;nYour name was&#58; &#34;.&#036;contactname;
                              [/QUOTE]

                              changes to:

                              <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">
                              &#036;body = &#34;Hi,&#92;nThanks for contacting the website&#33;&#92;n&#92;nYour name was&#58; &#34;.&#036;contactname.&#34;&#92;n&#34;.&#036;new dataname.&#34;&#92;n&#34;,&#036;anotherdataname;
                              [/QUOTE]

                              ...

                              Yeah the get command increases the chance of spam as search engines can pick up email addresses from the address bar. By using the POST command you hide the data (including email address) that is sent.

                              /lightning

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