Are you getting fed up of the amount of spam you seem to be receiving since you added your e-mail address to your iWeb site? Every site should have some way of contacting the site owner (unless it’s a small personal thing of course) but as soon as you add your e-mail address you leave yourself open to spambots which trawl the internet looking for e-mail address and then bombard them with dreaded spam. With this tutorial I will show you how to effectively ‘hide’ your e-mail address from those spambots and therefore stop you pulling your hair out as you delete the latest collection of viagra ads in your inbox.In this post I want to explain 3 methods for inserting an e-mail address into your iWeb site. To begin with there is the default method that is built into iWeb. All you have to do is go to the ‘Insert’ menu, choose ‘button’ and ‘e-mail me’; then, providing you have entered your e-mail address into inspector that is the job done.
And of course, there is the simple method of adding an e-mail link to a piece of text such as ‘E-Mail Me’ or ‘Contact Us’. You then open ‘Inspector’ choose the ‘Hyperlink’ button and select ‘An email message’ from the drop down list. Complete your e-mail address and an e-mail subject and that is it.
The trouble now though is that although using an image to cover your e-mail address (method 1) can be successful to a certain extent iWeb does publish your e-mail address to the entire internet for all to see. You can argue that that is the purpose, however there are certain people you don’t want e-mailing you. As I mentioned above, spambots trawl the internet looking for such unprotected e-mail address and then send spam after spam after spam, filling up your junk e-mail box. Method 2 is even worse at attracting attention from spambots as your e-mail address not only appears in your code, but as plain text on your web-page. Now’s the time to fight back!!
GET THE CODE
To begin with, open iWeb and navigate to a page where you want your e-mail link to appear, then select to insert a HTML Snippet.
Copy and paste the following code into the transparent black box that appears remembering to change the text as mentioned below.
In the second line down change “contact” to the first part of your e-mail address before the @ symbol. The third line down, replace “allaboutiweb.com” with everything that comes after the @ symbol. Still on the third line the ‘subject’ can be anything you want, but this is the line that will be filled in on your visitors e-mails should they click on your link.
Finally “E-Mail Me” is the text that will appear on your iWeb site and can be changed to anything you wish. When you have finished it should look like this:
Just click apply and your link is there.
As with all my tutorials and posts, feel free to leave a comment. Let us know if your spam is getting less or if it hasn’t helped at all. Everything is useful.