The purpose of ALFcontact is to provide a contactform with enough features to make it usefull and appealing whithout making it overly complicated.
Basically the form gives you the option to send messages to different aliases based on your accesslevel and/or language (J3 Only), these aliases are defined in the administrator section, each with their own set of options.
E.g. create aliases for Sales or Billing or Webmaster, add a prefix, custom optional field(s), default subject and/or redirect as you like and you're set.
If the user isn't logged in it will show inputboxes for adding reply info, once they're logged in, details can optionally be pre-filled.
Captcha security is included with a choice between reCaptcha and captchas.net.
Latest J!2.5 version: ALFContact v2.0.8
Latest J!3.* version: ALFContact v3.1.7
ALFContact supports around 33 languages at the moment and the number is growing, check the website for the latest information.
The built in recaptcha support was easy to set up as I had already set up a recaptcha account to create my keys.
Prefilling fields for those visitors that are logged in is a nice touch.
Not an extension of the existing contacts so you loose the fields from the core contact function.
Reentering contact records rather than being able to link to existing contacts in the core functionality.
Only one custom field.
No google map.
Would be nice to see a distinction between messages sent from a logged in user and one that supplied their own email address. Would also be nice to limit the function of sending copy to self to those that are logged in.
Thanks for the feedback, I'll put your suggestions on the 'things-to-consider' list ;-)
I'm not sure what you want with googlemaps, but email me and convince me to put it in the next release.....
I wish the parameter button was a little more prominent and that there wasn't any redundancy in the menu/component settings. Aside from that, the component is super clean and works great!
I especially love the support for reCaptcha and being able to attach multiple email addresses to one contact.
I did have one problem (it was my fault) and sent a message through the demo site contact component. Alfred answered me quickly! Thanks Alfred.
My problem was using reCaptcha. I configured it in the menu item but not the main component parameters. If you use reCaptcha make sure you configure the main parameters in addition to the menu item parameters.
Once again, I highly recommend this component and Alfred's support is great!
Everything worked out of the box, I only changed the "To:" string to "Category:" from the ini file.
Cons: I don't get any error handling, I would expect something like "Please enter your email address", enter subject, etc.
You need a little polishing I think.
Thank you for your development time!
A few things to note:
1. you can add an extra field for each contact you create - making it very useful to specify something like an invoice number for your billing contact.
2. you can include a prefix for each contact - meaning that you can send emails to the same address but visually identify in the subject line as to which option was selected.
3. contacts can be displayed for either registered or guests.
But is there anyway where you contact "one person" but it goes to two email accounts? For right now you can only email one person at one email account but need all email sent from the site to go to my email and my brothers email. Is there a way?
Up to 2 should be no problem, just seperate email addresses by a semicolon(;), full support for multiple recipients is in the making.