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Microsoft Publisher is an authoring tool that is part of Microsoft Office. Using Microsoft Publisher to add an email form to your website enables your site visitors to interact with you. The steps for doing so are outlined below. Please note that this tutorial was created using Microsoft Publisher 2007. The procedure may vary slightly if you are using a different version.
1. Create Your Form HTML
2. Open Publisher
Start Microsoft Publisher as you would normally do.
3. Create or Open the Page Where You Want the Form
a. To create a new page, go to File > New (or press CTRL+N).
b. To open the page where you want the form, go to File > Open (or press CTRL+O).
4. Add the Form HTML to Your File
a. Using your mouse, move your cursor to the spot on the page where you would like the form.
b. Click Insert > HTML Code Fragment
c. A new Edit Code Fragment window will open. Paste the form HTML into the code (Edit > Paste, or CTRL+V, or Right Click and Select Paste). If you do not have your form code created and copied, please read this tutorial to learn how to do so.
d. Click OK on the Edit HTML Code Fragment window.
e. Using your mouse, left click and drag the form code fragment to the location on the page you would like to locate it.
f. Click File > Web Page Preview
g. Verify that the form looks correct in the Web Page Preview
5. Save Your Form
a. Select File > Save (or CTRL+S).
6. Upload Your Form
Upload the file containing your form to your web server. This procedure will vary depending on whether you are using an external FTP client or Publisher's built-in client.
7. Test Your Form
Open a web browser and go to the web page containing your form. Fill out the form and press the submit button to test it.
A demonstration form created using Microsoft Publisher can be seen here.
Common Problems Encountered by Users:
The web page is showing a bunch of jumbled HTML instead of a form.
When this occurs, it is caused by the form HTML being pasted into your web page. You need to make sure that you paste it into your site as an HTML Code Fragment. This is done by clicking Insert > HTML Code Fragment.
I submit the form and get a form location error.
If you are using myContactForm.com, you will need to login and make sure that you've set the Form Location setting to the proper URL for your form.
a. Login to myContactForm.com
b. Click the Edit Button
c. Click the Basic Form Information Button
d. Enter all variations of the URL where the form will appear. Typically this is the full URL of your web form with and without the www subdomain. You can also use wildcards (*) in this setting. For examples using http://www.mydomain.com/* would allow the form to be placed on any page uploaded to mydomain.com.