I want a captcha script for my contact form

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  1. cassius

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    I made myself a contact form, but I get a lot of spam. Is there a captcha script that I could easily integrate?
  2. KD-did

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    The easiest way I know to cut your spam is to custom name your contact's name, stay away from what would be used normally... the usual admin, info and etc and you don't have to worry about how to integrate.
  3. 3DS

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    Hello Cassius,

    Perhaps this YouTube video will help?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLbxx64FbX0

    Of course there are a few more "related videos" to the right for further viewing. Just use your "back" button after watching this first video to get back to this origional list of "related videos" or it will change with every video viewed.

    As an example; the next "related video" on list for me was: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL9AitvjZKg&feature=fvw
    ...another excellent tutorial of someone going thru the entire code for you using php.

    Happy YouTube-ing!
  4. Wicked

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    I did not watch the videos so this may be mentioned but a lot of people integrate recaptcha at http://recaptcha.net/

    Also if you are a little savvy with php you can always go this route.
    http://code.google.com/p/cool-php-captcha/
    Just click on the downloads tab and download the latest stable release for custom integration.

    Though not using something like sales@yoursite.com that is typical helps a little bit it really does not matter what you use. Bots will harvest your email from your site and send you junk anyway. Anywhere in the source code where your email address is in the code you need to encrypt it to help from bots harvesting. This handy tool can help with that. http://www.wbwip.com/wbw/emailencoder.html

    There is no way to fully eliminate spam. Some people will actually fill out your form and an your captcha just to spam you.
  5. cassius

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    Thanks 3DS for those videos. I enjoyed them. Unfortunately I discovered today that my free hosting does not allow PHP code. So I had to google a little and turn to those remote form processors available. I have to choose between http://www.freedback and http://www.123contactform.com. If you know better alternatives, please let me know.
  6. 3DS

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    No prob Cassius, glad you found something that works.

    Hey I forgot about that recaptcha website - it spits out a pretty nifty little html code to hide & reveal your email address. Thanx for that reminder Wicked.

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