I’ve read what you posted and poked around some more on my Dreamhost control panel. I wonder if you (or anyone else) would mind reading this and telling me if I’m on the right track, recommend avenues for further study, etc.
I see that I can set up a mysql database pretty easily. Once I do that, is it easy to edit? I’ll only really be collecting names & email addresses, so it won’t be too extensive - can I edit it to compile just two fields worth of data? Once I have a functional database, can I download the information periodically and clear the database to start over? I’ve found some PHP / My SQL Tutorials on the web which I’ll read over the next week or so.
I also know that Dreamhost provides formmail for free, along with detailed instructions. I see a redirect command there, which I assume will direct the visitor to a page I choose. I also see a field called “required” which will allow me to ensure that anyone who doesn’t fill in the fields cannot go on to the next page. I don’t know, though, if there’s a way for me to insure that they give a valid email address. I suppose I could redirect them to an autoresponder and email them a link to the download page? Or maybe I need to know some more coding to make that happen?
Well, as always, thank you for any help.