It’s being a while since I updated Integrated Contact Form (now at v0.06B) – in fact so long that I can’t seem to remember when was the last time I actually updated the script. As some of my script users would probably know, I am most efficient in writing code during exam periods (don’t ask why) and so I will try to see if I can do an update to the script over the next 2~3 months or so.
For new visitors, Integrated Contact Form is a simple web contact form powered by PHP that is meant to protect your email from spammers. However, what makes it unique is that it offers 2 ways of delivering the message – by storing the message in a MySQL database that can be viewed with the included admin panel and the more conventional way of emailing the message.
I have in mind a major update, pushing the script to its first final version – v1.00, though depending on my workload and study progress, I may release small updates featuring a few improvements. It would be a rather major rewrite of the code though. Here’s a list of what I have in mind right now:
- CAPTCHA Validation (available as an option). I am still considering whether to use reCAPTCHA or to use my own CAPTCHA module from ALS.
- Email validation (available as an option). If turned on, the visitor would be sent an email, where they would have to click a confirm link before their email is sent.
- Prevent too many emails from being sent in a short period of time.
- Full-fledged Administration panel (for those storing messages in the database). More details below.
- Greater theme flexibility. I have the intention of including these themes together with the download.
- Use of Scr.im API to release Email addresses safely when the system fails (due to a problem with the SMTP port maybe?)
- And finally, a restructuring of the files – I don’t like the way the files were organized in the previous build
Anyway, let me talk more about the new Administration Panel I have in mind. Currently, while the admin can read and even reply to messages that are stored in the database, the entire platform does not feel very complete. As such, I have plans to create a complete communications platform that does not involve your personal email. Well, this is done by threading (using reference numbers), sending PHP
mail() headers and maybe even PHP-IMAP functions (though that is still under consideration). Right now the concept is still in its infancy, but I will keep you guys posted as it is refined.
As usual, you can keep yourself updated via my Twitter (@wuxiaotian) or the RSS feed (dedicated to ICF updates).