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WordPress Hack: Multiple Email Recipients for Contact Coldform

In the current version of my custom contact-form WordPress plugin, Contact Coldform, there is no built-in method of sending emails to multiple addresses. The thought of adding such functionality had not occurred to me until recently, when a Coldform user asked about enabling it. After a bit of investigation, it turns out that integrating multiple-recipient functionality into Contact Coldform is as easy as it is practical. I will definitely be adding this feature to the next release of the Coldform, however, here is the modification procedure for those who just can’t wait.

Step 1:

Open contact_coldform.php and locate the following code:

$recipient = get_option('coldform_email');
$recipname = get_option('coldform_name');
$recipsite = get_option('coldform_website');
$success   = get_option('coldform_success');
$success   = stripslashes($success);
$name      = $_POST['coldform_name'];
$email     = $_POST['coldform_email'];

Step 2:

Above that block of code, add the following 4 lines:

// CUSTOM EDIT: MULTIPLE RECIPIENTS
$alt_email_01 = "email@domain.tld";
$alt_email_02 = "email@domain.tld";
$alt_email_03 = "email@domain.tld";

Step 3:

Edit this new code according to your needs. For example, you can add or remove lines to match the number of alternate recipients. Of course, you will also want to edit the email address listed in each line.

Step 4:

Locate this block of code, located around line #235 (or so):

if ($_POST['coldform_carbon'] == 'TRUE') {
	mail($email, $topic, $fullmsg, $headers);
}

Step 5:

Immediately above that code, add the following 4 lines:

// CUSTOM EDIT: MULTIPLE RECIPIENTS
mail($alt_email_01, $topic, $fullmsg, $headers);
mail($alt_email_02, $topic, $fullmsg, $headers);
mail($alt_email_03, $topic, $fullmsg, $headers);

That’s it! Save the file and upload. Once everything is configured correctly, you should begin receiving a copy of the Coldform-generated email at each additionally specified email address. Should work perfectly. If you need any further help with this mod, please leave a comment or contact me directly. Thanks!

Jeff Starr
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3 responses to “WordPress Hack: Multiple Email Recipients for Contact Coldform”

  1. SystemRunner 2008/12/02 2:27 pm

    Hey Jeff,

    Was reading this post and noticed that it might be beneficial if the alternate email addresses could be achieved via a select-option menu on the actual form, instead of using the Carbon Copy method you have listed here.

    Just some food for thought on the next release of Coldform!

    -Ray

  2. Thanks for the idea, Ray, I am adding it to the list of upgrade features that I am planning on implementing in the next version of the Coldform. I really wish I had more time to work on my plugins and themes! ;)

  3. i need contact form with combo box menu for choosing recipient. any idea how to build that?

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