Mail question


Hey guys, new to the site. Going to see if I can get some solid answers here as I haven’t found anything to be quite what I need just yet and I’ve been searching for days now. It’s really starting to eat up some precious development time.

Laymen: I am looking for/trying to write my own contact form that will send an admin an email. Got that part. However, I also, need it to send two text messages, 15 minutes apart, to a business owner/business manager alerting them they have a lead. Again I am newer to php but it should be possible and fairly easy. I feel as though all my failed attempts to make the form complete both have failed because I was not linking up the variables up correctly or possibly some other ignorance issue.

I feel like if I write another if clause after this php code and send out the txt there it should work.

if(isset($_POST[‘email’])) {

$email_to = "";
$email_subject = "Inquiry from DuncansDotInfo";
function died($error) {
    // your error code can go here
    echo "We are very sorry, but there were error(s) found with the form you submitted. ";
    echo "These errors appear below.<br /><br />";
    echo $error."<br /><br />";
    echo "Please go back and fix these errors.<br /><br />";
// validation expected data exists
if(!isset($_POST['first']) ||
    !isset($_POST['last']) ||
    !isset($_POST['email']) ||
    !isset($_POST['phone']) ||
    !isset($_POST['industry']) ||
    !isset($_POST['comments'])) {
    died('We are sorry, but there appears to be a problem with the form you submitted.');       
$first_name = $_POST['first']; // required
$last_name = $_POST['last']; // required
$phone = $_POST['phone']; // required
$industry = $_POST['industry']; // required
$email_from = $_POST['email']; // required
$comments = $_POST['comments']; // required
$error_message = "";
$email_exp = '/^[A-Za-z0-9._%-]+@[A-Za-z0-9.-]+\.[A-Za-z]{2,4}$/';

if(!preg_match($email_exp,$email_from)) {
$error_message .= ‘The Email Address you entered does not appear to be valid.
$string_exp = “/^[A-Za-z .’-]+$/”;
if(!preg_match($string_exp,$first_name)) {
$error_message .= ‘The First Name you entered does not appear to be valid.
if(!preg_match($string_exp,$last_name)) {
$error_message .= ‘The Last Name you entered does not appear to be valid.
if(strlen($comments) < 2) {
$error_message .= ‘The Comments you entered do not appear to be valid.
if(strlen($error_message) > 0) {
$email_message = “Form details below.\n\n”;

function clean_string($string) {
  $bad = array("content-type","bcc:","to:","cc:","href");
  return str_replace($bad,"",$string);
$email_message .= "First Name: ".clean_string($first_name)."\n";
$email_message .= "Last Name: ".clean_string($last_name)."\n";
$email_message .= "Phone: ".clean_string($phone)."\n";
$email_message .= "Industry: ".clean_string($industry)."\n";
$email_message .= "Email: ".clean_string($email_from)."\n";
$email_message .= "Comments: ".clean_string($comments)."\n";

// create email headers
$headers = 'From: '.$email_from."\r\n".
'Reply-To: '.$email_from."\r\n" .
‘X-Mailer: PHP/’ . phpversion();
@mail($email_to, $email_subject, $email_message, $headers);

header(“Location: thanks.php”);

<?php } die(); ?>[/php]

<form method="post" action="form_send.php"> <p>First Name:<input type="text" name="first" placeholder="Johnny"></input><br /> Last Name:<input type="text" name="last" placeholder="Appleseed"></input><br /> Phone:<input type="text" name="phone" placeholder="224-858-9855"></input><br /> Industry:<input type="text" name="industry" placeholder="Reality"></input><br /> E-Mail:<input type="email" name="email" placeholder=""></input><br /> How much are you inclined to invest monthly:<select><option value="159">&dollar;159</option> or <option value="399">&dollar;399</option></select><br /> Message:<textarea name="comments" placeholder="Question or Business Information"></textarea><br /> <input type="submit" value="FREE CONSULTATION AND FREE MONTH"></input><br /> <img src="" />Try our Facebook&trade; Messenger<br /> <em>Response time >2 Minutes!</em> </p> </form>

I am thinking I have everything labeled correctly, but again I am not sure. Any advise would be beneficial.

Thanks in advance,


To do what you are wanting, you will likely want to use services.

MailGun for the mail portion, you have your pick for the SMS, though you can also do it as an email.

MailGun not only sends and ensures delivery, but it also gives analytics for the mail as well. This is very beneficial in a company environment.

Now, because of the time delay requirement, I would just add the new records to a database and have a cron job run another script for processing of the SMS portion.


Don’t forget about Clickatell. Or if you have a good local network provider they can give you a well priced unlimited-SMS’s option including a Modem with a sim card slot…pretty cool, I was checking it out once upon a time.