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Form builder link up with static form

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Community Member, 151 Posts

15 July 2011 at 3:49am

Hi everyone

I have made a good start to the following website

There is a form on the right hand side, which is static in the template include. However I obviously want this to be Form2Mail and create a backup copy of the data entered in the backoffice system.

I dont really know where to start with this, does anyone have some ideas?

Thanks very much in advance for any help.


Community Member, 541 Posts

15 July 2011 at 4:15am

Take a look at

You could create a data object to store a backup copy of the form in the Database while mailing it to its intended recipient. I use a similar system to handle product reviews.

The Review DataObject looks like this

class Review extends DataObject
	static $db = array (
		'Date' => 'Date',
		'Name' => 'Text',
		'Email' => 'Text',
		'Title' => 'Text',
		'Location' => 'Text',
		'Rating' => 'Int',
		'Review' => 'HTMLText',
		'Approval' => 'Boolean'
	static $has_one = array (
		'Product' => 'Product',
		'ColorProduct' => 'ColorProduct'
	public function getCMSFields_forPopup()
		$ratingArray = array (
						  '1' => '1',
						  '2' => '2',
						  '3' => '3',
						  '4' => '4',
						  '5' => '5'
		return new FieldSet(
			new CheckboxField('Approval'),
			new CalendarDateField('Date'),
			new TextField('Name'),
			new EmailField('Email'),
			new TextField('Title'),
			new TextField('Location'),
			new DropdownField('Rating','Rating',$ratingArray),
			new TextareaField('Review')


While the ReviewForm on the Product DataObject looks like this

function UserProductReviewForm() {
      // Create fields
      $fields = new FieldSet(
							 new TextField('Name','Name:'),
							 new EmailField('Email','E-Mail Address:'),
							 new OptionsetField('Rating','Rating',array(
																		'1' => '1',
																		'2' => '2',
																		'3' => '3',
																		'4' => '4',
																		'5' => '5',
							 new TextField('Title','Review Title:'),
							 new TextareaField('Review'),
							 new HiddenField('ProductID', '', $this->ID),
							 new HiddenField('ProductName','',$this->Title)
      // Create actions
      $actions = new FieldSet(
         new FormAction('doReview', 'Submit')
		$form = new Form($this, 'UserProductReviewForm', $fields, $actions);
		$protector = SpamProtectorManager::update_form($form);
		if($protector) $protector->setFieldMapping('Name', 'Email', 'Title', 'Review');
	return $form;

function doReview($data, $form) {
      $review = new Review();
	  //Set data
	  $From = "[email protected]";
	  $To = "[email protected]";
	  $Subject = "New Review for " . $data['ProductName'];
	  $email = new Email($From, $To, $Subject,$body);
	  //set template
	  //populate template
	  //send mail
	  //return to submitted message
	  Director::redirect(Director::baseURL(). "thank-you-for-your-review/");
	  //return $this->Mailto;

You could also just replace the whole set/populate template section buy pushing the form fields into the $body


Community Member, 151 Posts

15 July 2011 at 4:18am

thanks very much... do you do any freelance? we are interested in getting a silverstripe developer on board. Cheers


Community Member, 541 Posts

15 July 2011 at 5:30am

Haha I do, but I have an impending baby on the way and I don't want to commit to any major projects until I know how it will big wrench it'l throw in my freelance time :)

But if you need some advice, feel free to contact me.