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lutherandj
August 27th, 2010, 03:04 PM
I'm just starting to use expression web and need to know where I can find out how to do the following

I need to create a asp.net form that works with Expression Web where the users will submit an inquiry. What server information do I need for this form?

After I do that; I'd like to create a form where my users can login and submit announcements and they would automatically get published to their web page. i'm guessing I might need to synchrononize some type of database with this.

I'd like to create a forum where users will submit a form and it will publish to the forum. I'm guessing all this can be done using asp.net but a little lost where to start and where do I find any necessary server information I might need to configure these forms.

Brian
August 27th, 2010, 10:19 PM
First, I would not suggest trying to integrate a ASP.NET form with Expression Web. If you want to use Expression Web use it, but I would suggest finding a different method than ASP.NET to handle the form submission. We have a few code samples (http://hostek.com/faq/kb/?action=recorddetail&rec=71) you may want to try.

If you want to do ASP.NET pages, you need to be prepared to dig in and get a good book and work through several examples. That would pay off nicely if you want to learn ASP.NET. One that I've read some of myself is C# 4 and .NET 4 from Wrox. If you're wanting to get something going quickly, you probably dont' want to go this route, although it'd be great to learn.

Regarding a forum, why try to re-invent the wheel... or forum in this case. There are several great forum choices out there. Take vBulletin for example. There are even .NET based forums available, so I would not suggest trying to "create" one.

lutherandj
August 29th, 2010, 02:57 PM
First, I would not suggest trying to integrate a ASP.NET form with Expression Web. If you want to use Expression Web use it, but I would suggest finding a different method than ASP.NET to handle the form submission. We have a few code samples (http://hostek.com/faq/kb/?action=recorddetail&rec=71) you may want to try.

If you want to do ASP.NET pages, you need to be prepared to dig in and get a good book and work through several examples. That would pay off nicely if you want to learn ASP.NET. One that I've read some of myself is C# 4 and .NET 4 from Wrox. If you're wanting to get something going quickly, you probably dont' want to go this route, although it'd be great to learn.

Regarding a forum, why try to re-invent the wheel... or forum in this case. There are several great forum choices out there. Take vBulletin for example. There are even .NET based forums available, so I would not suggest trying to "create" one.

thanks for answering. The reason I wanted to use a different method to write forms is that the ones I am using are getting filled in automatically by web bots. I had used a frontpage forms and forum programming for my church's web site and every 10 minutes, a well bot is filing in the form for the forum and submitting solitications for viagrara and you name it; that's there. I had read on the web that these web bots will not be able to do that if I use asp.net or php

I have the site re-written using CSS and a template from Expression Web but wanted to use sometihng more tricky for the forms and the web forum they have. I wanted both to integrate into the same style I have for the web site.

thanks
Donna

jakeh
August 29th, 2010, 03:35 PM
Donna,

To prevent bots from "hijacking" your email forms, we recommend using a CAPTCHA. This is a technology that requires human interaction before it allows the user to submit a form. There are several implementations of this available, but a great choice is ReCAPTCHA. This particular CAPTCHA system has plugins that allow it to be used with technologies such as ASP.Net or PHP: http://www.google.com/recaptcha/whyrecaptcha

Another good, free option is Secureimage for PHP which is available here: http://www.phpcaptcha.org/