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Contakt

- Smileware -

Contakt is a smileware, which means you get it for a smile. ;-)

  1. What is it, and what does it do?
  2. Hosting requirements & Installation
  3. Download (with previews)
  4. Support
  5. License: Smileware :-)
Rating: 8/10 (5 votes)
 

What is it, and what does it do?

Contakt is a PHP contact page. Once you upload it on your website, your clients can send you messages directly from your website, and upload documents on your webserver.

As you may have noticed, most companies have contact pages on their websites. Why? First, you do not give out your email to all and sundry, which means less spam. It also looks more professional and you will know exactly which customers came from your website.

There is another advantage to Contakt proper: When you receive a message via Contakt, it will also tell you what page the prospect was visiting just before he decided to contact you. This extra information can be quite interesting, both in dealing with the prospect (i.e.: If he contacts you directly after reading your prices, he probably find them acceptable AND is price-minded. On the other end, if he contacts you after reading about your quality processes, chances are he is quality-conscious...) That tid-bit of data can help you make the sale, but also to improve your website. You will find which pages create a response and which pages don't.

For those who like to investigate further, Contakt also provides you with the prospect's IP address. With it, you locate him geographically, using one of the many "IP to location" services. You can also search in your website raw logs to see exactly which pages your customer visited, and how he found out about your website in the first place.

Contakt is entirely free (except for a smile).

IMPORTANT: Once Contakt is installed on your website, people will use it to contact you, and if it is not installed properly, they may not be able to contact you at all. So TEST it to make sure it works fine on your website. Installation is very simple, but if -for instance- you don't enter your email address properly, it won't work.

*Of course, if you don't have a website, this is totally useless

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Hosting requirements & Installation

Your host must support PHP. The mail() and upload functions must be activated. (Which is usually the case).

To install:

  1. Download the zip file and extract it somewhere
  2. (The zip file should contain 2 files: a php file and a css file.).
  3. Open the file in a text editor and replace "your@email.com" with your email
  4. (At the begining of the file - there is a comment just before).
  5. Select everything, copy and paste into one of your website pages.
  6. Insert the css link between the "head" tags of your page.
  7. (For instance, the link for the navy design is:
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="contakt_navy.css" media="screen" />,
    assuming "contakt_navy.css" is in the same folder as your php page.
    )
  8. Name your page with the extension *.php
  9. Feel free to change the design as much as you like.
  10. Upload your page and the .css file on your website.
  11. Create a new directory on your website called "uploads"
  12. (That's where files will be uploaded when people want to send you an attachement).

Important: Protect the folder "uploads" with a password. If you don't know how to do that, ask your web hosting company to do it for you.

No knowledge of PHP is required to install or use this application. None whatsoever. So if you are not to familiar with Web development, relax. It really is quite simple.

If you run into trouble, register (free - top left corner of any page) and send a support request. I will help you out as much as I can.

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Download

Pick a theme to match your website. "Preview" opens a new window*.

Plain [preview] [download]
Navy - my favorite [preview] [download]
Black [preview] [download]
Gray [preview] [download]
Another gray [preview] [download]
Green [preview] [download]
Inverted [preview] [download]

Feel free to change the look as you want. Those "themes" are just some examples of what you can do by changing a few colors in the style sheet. If nothing here fits your design, change it. If you come up with some cool css design, feel free to share. The best ones will be added for download with credits.

Note that this code is protected by copyright. Please have a look at the "Smileware" section for more data on what you can or can not do with this code.

*Requires JavaScript. If JavaScript is disabled, preview won't work. You can download nevertheless.

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Support

If you have a problem installing/using Contakt, contact me and I will do my best to help you out.

If you can't work it out, or if the design doesn't fit in your website and you don't know how to integrate it (after a fair try), I may be able to fit it in and do it for you when I have time. You will need to register first (Free).

The data I need are:

  1. Info on PHP support from your host.
    Uncompress and upload this small file on your website.
  2. Your email
  3. Your website address

If you are really lost with all these website stuff and *need* me to upload it for you as well, give me your ftp account details. They will be kept strictly confidential, of course.

Contakt may be free, but that doesn't mean you are on your own.

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Smileware

This is a smileware, which means you can use it for a smile. Smile to a stranger, smile to a friend, or send me a smile by email, your choice. A smile is all it costs.

I figure life would be nicer if people smiled more to each other and that's what I ask in exchange for the right to use this small application.

There is a strict "No questions asked" refund policy: If you are not fully satisfied, you can get your smile back. ;-)

Please feel free to change the code or the design as much as you want, providing that the copyright notice at the bottom of the file remains unchanged. You can redistribute the code as long as it remains unchanged and that you mention where you got it from.

However, you can not claim authorship or sell this code.

If you have a question, contact me.

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