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Using Rs Form Pro

Using Rs Form Pro

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Published by: Fernando Céspedes Jara on Aug 20, 2012
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Using RS form Pro to create contact forms
To get started setting my site up with RS form Pro, I
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ll go to rsjoomla.com and purchasea copy of this extension.I
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ll click on this link here, and go to a page where I have a couple different options.This one on the left will allow me to use RS form pro on one site and will give melifetime support.The one on the right gives me a the ability to use RS Form Pro on an unlimited numberof domains with support for six months or one year.I
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ll buy the version for just one site.InOnce you go through the payment process you
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ll be sent a link in your e-mail to comeback to this site and download a copy of RS form pro.When you come back to the site to login, go to My Account and you
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ll see the login formon that page.Once you login you
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ll see a page like this.Then click on “View my license codes” and you
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ll see a page where you will enter in adomain name where you are going to use RS form Pro.Once you enter in the domain name you
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ll be able to get the license key, which you willneed to enter later in the extension dashboard within joomla.I
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ll show you how to do this in a bit.After you have done that, you can click on View My Downloads and be taken to thispage where you can download the various packages for RS form Pro.For now I
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m only going to be downloading three different packages.First I
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ll download the component for Joomla 1.5, and then I
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ll download the moduleversion of RS Form pro, which will allow me to put forms in module positions rather thanhaving them appear in the main body of the page where the component will put theforms.And lastly, I
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ll download this plug-in that will allow me to put in a re-captcha form withinany of the forms I create with RS form Pro.
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RS form Pro comes with its own built-in captcha component, but I find that the re-captcha form works better.If you
ʼ
re not familiar with what a captcha form is, it
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s a small form where people have toenter in some odd looking numbers or letters that they see in order to prove that theyare human and not a spambot.If you have forms on your site without the protection of some kind of captcha form, youwill definitely eventually see spam coming through your forms.So I
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ll go ahead and download the component, module, and the plug-in for the re-captcha form.Now I
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ll go into the backend of my site and install all three of these things.I
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ll go to Extensions, then select Install/uninstall.Then I
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ll click on Browse, navigate to the location of the component zip file that I justdownloaded, and when I find it I
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ll double-click on it, and then click on Upload andinstall.And then I
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ll repeat the process for the module and the plug-in.Once I
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m done installing all three of these, I
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ll go to Components and then select RSform pro.I
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ll first show you how to configure the component and make a contact form using it.Then I
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ll show you how to insert a re-captcha validation form into this contact page.And finally I
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ll show you how to create a form that appears in a module position, usingthe RS form Pro module.This page is where you
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ll need to enter in your license key in this field right here.If you don
ʼ
t enter your license key you won
ʼ
t be able to get updates, or be able to insertthe recaptcha validation form.I
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ll go ahead and insert my license key and click on Update Code.Once I
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ve done that I
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ll see this big green bar here that lets me know everything is goodto go.Now I
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ll go to Components and then Manage Forms.
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You
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ll see an example form here and you can check it out if you like by clicking on thetitle of this form to open it.For now I
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m simply going to select it and delete it.Then I
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ll click on New, and this brings me to the area where I can build a form.The items in this left menu are called components, and each do a slightly different thing.In the process of building a simple contact form, you
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ll see what some of these do, andfor the ones that I don
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t show you, you can experiment with them yourself.To start building this contact form I
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ll put in a message at the top of the page by clickingon Free Text.After I click on it ,in this left column some options are available to me to fill in the contentfor this particular component of the form.I
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ll need to give this component a unique name, and I
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ve found that it works best to notuse any capitals or underscores or spaces.You
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ll see how the name of these components is used later, but they are prettyimportant.So I
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ll name this first one, and then I
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ll put in the text that I want to have appear at thetop of the contact page.[Thank you for your interest in Zenscaping. Please use either the form below to send usa message, or simply click on this link to send us an email with your own email program.Thank You!]Now, before I save this I
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m going to add in some code that will allow people to click on alink and use their e-mail program that
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s on their computer to send an e-mail.I find that it
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s nice to offer people two different ways to send an e-mail.They can use either the form on this page, or they can click on a link and send an e-maildirectly with their own e-mail software on their computer.In the text that I
ʼ
ve entered in for this part of the contact form you
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ll see that I mentionthat people can simply click on this link to send us an e-mail.So I
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m going to turn the words “this link” into a mail-to: link.Here
ʼ
s how I go about doing that.
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