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September 15, 2007


Ryan Webb

Hi, I really like your widget for RSVP's, and was wondering if I could get one for my wedding on my website. Can you help me out?



Like Ryan, I'd like to get one of these for my own wedding blog. Can you help me??? Thanks so much!!!



I randomly found your wedding site when searching for an online rsvp. I was wondering if I could use the widget you created? I've already built a flash site for us, so I would just need the code to implement it. Great job on it!

Chrissy Simmons

Hi, I'm trying to set up a rsvp widget on my wedding website. I copied the widget, changed the name, made it look pretty, but have no idea how to set up the link to an email account or list on my webpage. Do you mind explaining it to me?

Thanks, Chrissy

Elisa Camahort

Hi Chrissy:

I used a PHP script that a web designer had created for my regular web site as the engine behind routing the email. I dont know how to create such a script myself, or Id be happy to share that info with you.



It seems this is a popular widget these days! I, too, found this while searching for any solution that could let me gather RSVPs through my wedding website. I imagine Elisa never thought her wedding site would become a forum for wannabe techie brides and grooms. This is a clever widget you've built, Elisa, and not terribly difficult to modify in appearance.

I ran into the same trouble Chrissy did, though, when I got to the data collection, so I thought I'd share the solution I eventually came to. Elisa is right about needing something on the server side to collect the submitted data, whether that's PHP or Java or something else. I don't know how do that on my own, so in talking with a tech-savvy friend, we came to the realization that it would be even easier just to embed a Google Form in the website.

You can create a Form through Google Docs, then paste the generated html code directly into your website to embed the form. Then Google takes care of the data collection for you in a handy spreadsheet.

There are probably hundreds of different ways to build this mousetrap, but this is the way that best balanced the website integration, user experience, and data collection that I wanted. I hope this helps other people who find this site looking for answers!

Elisa Camahort

Yes, Lytton, I have since had other geeks tell me Google Forms are a God-send for people looking to get this kind of functionality. Great idea, and thanks for sharing it!

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