making emails secure on static pages (6 posts)

  1. saranee
    Posted 2 years ago #


    I have a static page on my wordpress site that is a list of officers and directors. I would like to put each persons contact email next to their name. I am afraid if I just put the email, they will get a lot of spam and it will be out there for the world to abuse. Is it more secure/safer if I type "Email" and then create a "mailto:joesmoe@gmail.com" hyperlink?

    Thanks for your help.


  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Is it more secure/safer if I type "Email" and then create a "mailto:joesmoe@gmail.com" hyperlink

    No. Email harvesters parse the source of the pages - not just the displayed content. Why not try looking for a suitable contact form plugin?

  3. saranee
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I thought of that, but there are about 30 names and they are in a list format:

    Joe Smoe - VP Sales - Email
    Sandy Beach - VP Engineering - Email
    Shelly Smith - VP Marketing - Email

    I don't think it would look very good to have a contact form next to each individual, especially since there are so many. But, I am new to wordpress, so maybe there is an attractive option I'm not aware of...


  4. Mark Senff
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Instead of an email address (either a link or not), I would indeed suggest a contact form.

    Not a form next to everyone's name, but a *link* to a contact form (way down the page, or on another page). The form then should have a dropdown list where people can select who to send the email to, and that should contain each of the about 30 people.

    I understand that may be confusing or challenging if you're new to WordPress, but you'll definitely avoid spam harvesters that way.

  5. saranee
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I like that idea. I didn't realize I could put a drop down box with everyone listed. I will try it.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. Mark Senff
    Posted 2 years ago #

    My personal recommendation to look into Gravity Forms.

    With that, you can create an form with a dropdown, and then upon submission, the contents of the form will be sent to different persons, based on what the value is of the dropdown.

    Good luck!

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