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    Junior Member merrontech's Avatar
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    Lightbulb Creating contact forms with upload file field

    Hi there, I'm looking into adding a file upload field to a contact form, in particular, I'm wondering:
    What happens to the file after upload, (what options are there such as email attach, stored on hosting, Dropbox, amazon s3)
    Bandwidth / storage concerns,
    How to validate specific file types (mainly photos)
    How to secure against misuse and any other best practices.
    Is there a better way for users to share photos to me from the website contact page? Using a social media integration or something outside the box.

    I'm trying to gauge how time-consuming the process will be so I can quote a client!

    Does anyone have any ideas/experience, examples or good resources I can start with? I'm not interested in WordPress contact forms.

    Thanks in advance!


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    WDF Staff mlseim's Avatar
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    It really depends on the file sizes and types. Videos for example are huge files. The other aspect is how many files ... and storage limits on the webhost account. You may need a dedicated server to handle the large downloads as shared webhosts will have limitations. The rest of the question is either personal preference, or how their clients would like the uploads to be handled. Ask your clients what user interface they would like for their customers.

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