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    what is the best software to use to build and maintain a website that also has downloads forms for clients?

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    what is the best software and or program to use to build and maintain a website where my clients also download and or fill out forms? I have been using a free site for 2 years now without the forms now my business has grown to where i really need them. u can c the site at www.hopeacademy.faithweb.com any and all info would b greatly appreciated much thanks

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    What do you mean by forms?

    You can upload any .pdf, .doc, or .txt file into your webspace and
    a link directly to it will allow them to download the file.

    Example: You upload a form you made called: summercamp.doc
    uploaded into a directory you call "forms".

    On your webpage, the link would be:
    <a href="http://www.hopeacademy.faithweb.com/forms/summercamp.doc">Summer Camp Form</a>

    Because the file extension is not, .html .htm .shtml it opens the
    filesave dialog box in Windows.

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    Filling out forms is another matter.

    This would involve re-creating the form in HTML on a webpage
    and they would fill in the boxes and click a submit button.
    This involves a server-side language such as PHP or Perl.
    Someone will have to create a script for you ... probably customized.

    You might need to find a different webhost, one that allows PHP and CGI.
    ... and, for a small fee (like $100 per year), you can have a site
    without any ad banners. (like Netfirms.com or Ipowerweb.com)

    Finally, give your site a title.

    currently is:
    <title>Home Page</title>

    you should make it:
    <title>Hope Academy Welcomes You to Home Schooling</title>


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    I'm not 100% sure of what you're asking here but there are two possible solutions based on my assumptions:

    1. You could just upload normal word (or similar) forms to your site and link directly to them. This would prompt the browser to download it to the visitors machine. One drawback of this method is that it assumes the visitor has the software required to open the file type you use. The visitor could then email or post a completed form.

    2. You could use a scripting language to allow a visitor to complete the form online and have it automatically email the results to you.

    Neither of these methods require specific software as such just a means to produce the forms (method 1) or any normal web design software (method 2).

    I'm not sure if that's what you had in mind - if not please clarify what you mean and I'll have another think.

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    Heh. Answered at the same time AND we agree.


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