You can use the PHP mail() function to send an email with PHP. The simplest way to do this is to send a text email. This is one way to handle sending you the results when a visitor to your website fills out a form.

Basic PHP email() fuction code

Below is the code for the baic email function. We can take the script and actually use a form on our website to set the variables in the script above to send an email.

//if "email" variable is filled out, send email
  if (isset($_REQUEST['email']))  {
  //Email information
  $admin_email = "";
  $email = $_REQUEST['email'];
  $subject = $_REQUEST['subject'];
  $comment = $_REQUEST['comment'];
  //send email
  mail($admin_email, "$subject", $comment, "From:" . $email);
  //Email response
  echo "Thank you for contacting us!";
  //if "email" variable is not filled out, display the form
  else  {

 <form method="post">
  Email: <input name="email" type="text" /><br />
  Subject: <input name="subject" type="text" /><br />
  Message:<br />
  <textarea name="comment" rows="15" cols="40"></textarea><br />
  <input type="submit" value="Submit" />

So let’s now review what the form is actually doing.

1. The first part checks to make sure the email input field is filled out. If it is not, then it will display the HTML form on the page. If the email is in fact, set (after the visitor fills out the form), it is ready to send.

2. When the submit button is pressed, after the form is filled out, the page reloads and reads that the email input is set, so it sends the email.

Keep in mind, this is a basic tutorial to explain how to use the mail() function in PHP. Using the method, exactly the way it is, can be insecure and should not be used on your website. This tutorial is aiming to provide you the basic of how to use phpmail() and for further use, you may want to look into securing your code to possible hacks.

To learn more about the PHP email function, please see the article on How to create a custom PHP contact form with more information on validation and error checking. If you need further assistance please feel free to ask a question on our support center.

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2014-04-10 3:26 am

Hi , 

This code is working properly and display ed the msg as Thank you for contacting us but mail is not send to the correspomding mail address.. pls give any suggestions...

5,603 Points
2014-04-10 4:56 am
Hello Sankar,

It's possible that the message is ending up in a spam folder in the recipient's email address due to the mail coming directly from a PHP script.

If that is the case, you could use something like phpMailer in order to send an SMTP authenticated email.

Either that or there is some incorrect information typed in to your script. The Thank you for contacting us! message is displayed if the email form is submitted, but it doesn't actually check to ensure that the mail was delivered. If you have access to the server's mail logs, you should be able to see if the PHP mail attempt is making it to the local server to even attempt a delivery out.

It looks like we might need to update the example script used in this guide to at least wrap the code with if (!mail( ...)){ echo "Failure" } code to see if the server accepts the PHP mail attempt. However this is more just a proof of concept then something you'd probably want to use on a live contact form for your website.

- Jacob
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2014-04-11 12:07 am

Hi Jacob, 

 i was alredy used the phpmailer code it was shown the error of Message was not sent.Mailer error: SMTP connect() failed.. 

5,603 Points
2014-04-11 12:20 am
Hello Sankar,

If you're getting a SMTP connect() failed error, then this means your PHP script can't establish a SMTP connection with the server you've entered into your script.

Are you possibly trying to connect to a secure mail server by chance? You might need some additional settings in your phpMailer script such as:

$mail->SMTPSecure = 'tls';
$mail->Host = "";

If you're still having issues let us know.

- Jacob

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