HTML encode your e-mail address with PHP to avoid spam bots

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HTML encode your e-mail address with PHP to avoid spam bots

Email spam is an everyday nuisance to most people which is usually generated by relentless spambots crawling the internet and source code of your page to gather email addresses on mass. They simply consume addresses on a fairly consistent basis in order to sell them or spam people, or both. Google also indexes email address but that’s all it does, index, so no harm there. Nobody wants spam in their email but of course there is often a need to display your email address on your site or blog to allow people to touch base with you and doing this poses the risk it’ll happen. Often this is the core reason for your spam influx!. There is an answer to avoiding the spambots causing an invasion to your inbox (or SPAM folder if you have the intuitive Gmail as I have) yet at the same time allowing you piece of mind to display your address with limited concern. This preventative measure can be done with a few simple lines of PHP. Your email address will render in the page correctly, yet the characters of it in the source code will be HTML encoded using firstly, simply “#” each time through the loop, then concatenated with output of the PHP ord() function applied to each character and therefore rendering the characters useless to the little blighters which will prevent them gathering and harvesting your address with the intention of spamming!.

This is great but understand, not a guaranteed solution to spammers. A good (and dedicated) spammer would take a page’s code, turn every character of the code into ASCII, and proceed to parse the newly ASCII’d code.

I’ve seen similar posts like this doing the rounds with very similar code remedying the problem and I use it personally to avoid my own address being spammed, so I thought I’d very quickly cover it here on my blog. It’s commented so you can quickly see it’s functionality and usefulness if you decide to use it. It’s a good little snippet. As usual hope it helps.

function encode_email($mail){

    //Variable string to store each encoded character in the email address.
    //Loop iterates through each character and the ord() function converts that character to the ASCII value
    for($i=0;$i<strlen ($mail);$i++) $encodedMail.= "&#". ord($mail&#91;$i&#93;);
    //Return the string to the calling statement
    return $encodedMail;

$emailAddy = encode_email("");
printf("<a href='%s'>%s",$emailAddy,$emailAddy);

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