How does an HTML Form work?
This is a beginner's tutorial for understanding the working of a web form and the different parts involved.
1. Your visitor loads the form page in her web browser.
The browser sends a request to the web server. The web server returns the HTML page that contains the form.
The HTML page returned can be
2. Your visitor fills the form and submits it
3. The form submission data is sent to the web server
Once the visitor has submitted the form, the form data is sent to the web server. In the form, the author of the form has to mention an 'action' URL that tells the browser where to send the form submission data. The 'action' usually points to the URL of a script that knows what to do with the data.
4. The web server processes the request
The web server passes the form submission data to the form processor script ( mentioned by the 'action'). The form processor script is written in languages like PHP, ASP, or Perl. The form processor script can send the form data by email, save the data to a database or file.
5. A response is sent back to the browser
The form processor script sends a response indicating the success or failure of the form processing operations back to the server. The response could be to re-direct to another web page.
What does Simfatic Forms do?
The whole form works on your web server.