Maker Tip: No Time for a Contact Form? Let People Email You Instead

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Maker Tip: No Time for a Contact Form? Let People Email You Instead

As a maker of many things, I strive to build the minimum necessary features and release them as quickly as possible. Getting early feedback is crucial; however, setting up even the most straightforward contact form can distract you from the main tasks at hand. That is why I would often ship the first iteration without a form if it takes too much time to set one up. What I would do is let people email me instead. Email is not the most fashionable way of communication, but it works. Getting people to email you is as easy as adding a regular link using a special mailto: URL:

 mailto:[email protected]?subject=What%20a%20neat%20idea!&body=Hi%20Preslav%2C%0D%0A%0D%0A 

which should usually cause your default email client to open right away. Try it!

And while nobody has time to sit and craft mailto: URLs all day long, there are handy tools that do just that, like the one below: | The Mailto Link Generator
Mailto link code and markup generator with subject, body, cc and bcc. Quickly and easily generate code for those annoying mailto links.

And for those concerned that others would start spamming them right away, you can always use a dump email address (e.g., [email protected]) or rely on a good email client. But the truth is, most email clients these days are pretty good at sifting the good from the bad stuff.