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What is the best way to validate your contact form? Please help

3 Answers

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

It depends on what sorts of fields you want to validate, in general you can:

  • Mix HTML5 input patterns with a JQuery fallback
  • Combine that with server-side PHP
  • Add in a healthy dose of regex
  • Stir and served chilled.

See also: http://html5pattern.com/

Alex Hedley
Alex Hedley
16,377 Points

As James says make sure you validate server sde, this is a must since JS can be turned off in the browser so you can't rely on that alone.

I've used the following jquery plugin which is good http://bassistance.de/jquery-plugins/jquery-plugin-validation/

HTML5 has brought some great new features, cool keyboard changes on smartphones etc

Randy Hoyt
Randy Hoyt
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Hey Israel,

James has it right. We have some content online in the latest projects that discuss this. Andrew talks about jQuery validation here:

I talk about creating the form and doing basic server-side validation in PHP here ...

... and then how to handle some more advanced server-side validation and send the email here ...