Does anyone know of a way to create a custom success message and post to the expression engine processing controller manually?

I'm using jQuery validator, and usually what I would do is something like this:

   submitHandler: function(form) {
    var data = $(form).serialize();
                $('#contact-form').html('<div id="success">We’ll get back to you.</div>');


Unfortunately with the expression engine {exp:email:contact_form} tags it posts straight to a page and always redirects the user.

Does anyone know of a way to post or properly format the data so that handler will accept the post data and allow a seamless form submission experience?

  • I don't know how to do this in EE contact form, might be easy I just don't know. It's definitely something you can do in Solspace's FreeForm. Feature comparison: solspace.com/software/detail/freeform
    – AllInOne
    Aug 11, 2014 at 18:00

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Answering my own question, what you have to do is post to the site url, you cannot use a custom php handler without a lot of work. I found this out by looking where the {exp:email:contact_form} posts to. You also have to disable CSRF protection, or find a way to snag the XID from the return data. (I just disabled it because we're not doing anything that is data sensitive)

    submitHandler: function(form) {
                url: "/",
                type: "post",
                dataType: "html",           
                data: $('#contact_form').serialize(),
                error: function(jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown)

                success: function(html, textStatus, jqXHR) 




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