Cannot receive emails via php contact form

I’m trying to set up a contact form on my site. I have tried several scripts but none seem to allow me to receive email. The emails are set to go my gmail account.

Do I need to use an email specific to my domain? Is there a script people use that works no matter what the email to address is? And I need one with security, validation and a captcha.

I am currently using a very simple html_form_send.php script and even though it looks like the form was submitted I never receive the email. I have checked my gmail spam and there is nothing there.

Any suggestions?


First Name *

Last Name *

Email Address *

Telephone Number

Comments *


if(isset($_POST[‘email’])) {

$email_to = "";
$email_subject = "website html form submissions";
function died($error) {
    // your error code can go here
    echo "We are very sorry, but there were error(s) found with the form you submitted. ";
    echo "These errors appear below.<br /><br />";
    echo $error."<br /><br />";
    echo "Please go back and fix these errors.<br /><br />";
// validation expected data exists
if(!isset($_POST['first_name']) ||
    !isset($_POST['last_name']) ||
    !isset($_POST['email']) ||
    !isset($_POST['telephone']) ||
    !isset($_POST['comments'])) {
    died('We are sorry, but there appears to be a problem with the form you submitted.');       
$first_name = $_POST['first_name']; // required
$last_name = $_POST['last_name']; // required
$email_from = $_POST['email']; // required
$telephone = $_POST['telephone']; // not required
$comments = $_POST['comments']; // required
$error_message = "";
$email_exp = '/^[A-Za-z0-9._%-]+@[A-Za-z0-9.-]+\.[A-Za-z]{2,4}$/';

if(!preg_match($email_exp,$email_from)) {
$error_message .= ‘The Email Address you entered does not appear to be valid.
$string_exp = “/^[A-Za-z .’-]+$/”;
if(!preg_match($string_exp,$first_name)) {
$error_message .= ‘The First Name you entered does not appear to be valid.
if(!preg_match($string_exp,$last_name)) {
$error_message .= ‘The Last Name you entered does not appear to be valid.
if(strlen($comments) < 2) {
$error_message .= ‘The Comments you entered do not appear to be valid.
if(strlen($error_message) > 0) {
$email_message = “Form details below.\n\n”;

function clean_string($string) {
  $bad = array("content-type","bcc:","to:","cc:","href");
  return str_replace($bad,"",$string);
$email_message .= "First Name: ".clean_string($first_name)."\n";
$email_message .= "Last Name: ".clean_string($last_name)."\n";
$email_message .= "Email: ".clean_string($email_from)."\n";
$email_message .= "Telephone: ".clean_string($telephone)."\n";
$email_message .= "Comments: ".clean_string($comments)."\n";

// create email headers
$headers = 'From: '.$email_from."\r\n".
'Reply-To: '.$email_from."\r\n" .
‘X-Mailer: PHP/’ . phpversion();
@mail($email_to, $email_subject, $email_message, $headers);

Thank you for contacting us. We will be in touch with you very soon.

<?php } die(); ?>[/code]

quickly looking at the code, it looks like your email is FROM the email address submitted on the form by the user. This won’t work. The email must be FROM a valid You can however continue to set Reply-To with the email address of the form submitter to make replying easier.