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6 ways to improve your web site forms

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Web site forms are ubiquitous.  Every site needs them to engage their visitors, collect information, makes sales, etc.  They are easy to add to your site, but not necessarily easy to do right.

Make a quick web form using some generic web site authoring software and put it up on your site and it may work, but you also may have serious issues:

  • Incomplete Forms. Users submitting incomplete forms — e.g. not filling out all of the important fields
  • Invalid Input. Users not entering the “right” information — e.g. not actually putting an email address in the email address field
  • Form Spam Bots. Automated programs may fill out and submit your forms … sending you junk in the form of gibberish or web site URLs they hope you will visit and buy stuff from.
  • Form Insecurity. If your from collects any kind of sensitive information … from passwords to medical data … it could easily be setup incorrectly and allow phishing attacks or data leakage.
  • Stale Forms. You updated your form … but someone just somehow submitted the old version which is not even on the Internet anymore!
  • Connectivity/Server Issues. You don’t want your users to give up because their network is down or your site is down for a few seconds.

All of these problems impact the success of your site — causing everything from annoyance to the inability to contact your sales leads to breaches of privacy.  Fortunately, it is not really hard to plug these gaps and have a solid, productive, and secure web form.

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Web Form Spam – Block Spam without a Captcha Code

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Many contact us forms and comment forms are plagued by “web form spam”.   Automated programs crawl the Internet looking for web forms.  When found, they start submitting spam advertisements through the forms in the hopes that some of the recipients of these form submissions will see the ads and act on them.  Almost nobody does … but the spam still comes and gets worse and worse over time.

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New “Mobile Mode” for PDAs and Smart Phones

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

LuxSci has offered an “Xpress” WebMail portal for many years.  The portal is fast, simple, and works with most devices because it does not use any JavaScript or cookies, and uses few images.  The Xpress portal is good for security, privacy, and access from legacy devices, as well as over very slow connections.

However, the mobile device landscape is quickly changing.  Starting with the iPhone and its full-featured Safari web browser, to the Android, the Palm Pre, and the availability of browsers like OperaMini on many phones, it is now the case that many “cutting edge” phones actually have fast web browsers that fully support JavaScript, AJAX, CSS, and broadband — all the technologies formerly the purview of the desktop.  Their major drawback, however, is still the very small screen. Many of these browsers work perfectly well with most web sites, including LuxSci’s full-featured WebMail portal; however, it can be problematic and painful to use and navigate sites designed for large displays on these device’s small screens.

Enter LuxSci’s new “Mobile Mode”.  Mobile Mode is a new feature of LuxSci’s regular WebMail interface that is available when it detects that you are accessing it using a mobile device, such as an iPhone.

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JAVA Applets Debut in LuxSci WebMail

Monday, January 26th, 2009

LuxSci has added plug-ins to its WebMail application in version 10.10 of LuxSci’s software which includes two JAVA applets.  So, were we hesitant to add JAVA applets, FLASH, ActiveX, and other plugins in the first place?  And why the sudden change of heart?  What does this mean for our customers who are concerned about security or who do not want or cannot use JAVA applets?

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