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Create A Contact Form With VueJS And Laravel

In this tutorial we're going to learn how we can create a VueJS component for a contact form and create a Laravel API Endpoint that will send the message from the contact form.

VueJS Contact Component

First we're going to build our VueJS component, this goes into your resources/assets/js/components/ directory. The HTML for the contact form is very simple we just have a name, email, message and a submit button. You'll notice on the form tag we have a submit event to run the submitForm method v-on:submit.prevent="submitForm". The second thing you'll notice is that on each of the form elements we want to collect data on we have a v-model attribute. In the script section of our component we need to define the form element we want to collect data from in the data section of the component.


Above we said on the submit of form we call the submitForm method, this will collect the form data and send a post request to the route api/contact using axios which in turn will send an email on the back-end.

    methods: {
            let formData = {

            return'/api/contact', formData).then(data => {
              // Change to notify the user
              console.log('Message sent');

Below is the full contact form component. ## Laravel API

We're going to use the Laravel backend in our application to send the email from the contact form. We need to create a new API endpoint open up the routes/app.php file and add the post endpoint for the contact form.

Route::post('contact', 'ContactController@store');

If you now look at your routes php artisan route:list you'll see this new post route for the contact controller. We can now create the ContactController inside the controllers folder app/Http/Controllers. The contact controller will need a store method and we'll use this to send the email, inside the store method we need to validate the request to make sure we've been sent the required information.

        $data = $this->validate($request, [
            'name' => 'required',
            'email' => 'required|email',
            'message' => 'required',

If we know this request is correct then we send the email using a mailable class.

Mail::to( config('mail.from.address') )->send( new ContactEmail($request->only(['name', 'email', 'message'])) );

Then we can return a JSON that the email was sent.

return response()->json( ['sent' => true], Response::HTTP_OK);

Below is the full controller used for the contact. namespace App\Http\Controllers; use App\Mail\ContactEmail; use Illuminate\Http\Request; use Illuminate\Http\Response; use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Mail; class ContactController extends Controller { public function store( Request $request ) {

        $data = $this->validate($request, [
            'name' => 'required',
            'email' => 'required|email',
            'message' => 'required',

Mail::to( config('mail.from.address') )->send( new ContactEmail($request->only(['name', 'email', 'message'])) ); return response()->json( ['sent' => true], Response::HTTP_OK); } } ## Create The Contact Mailable

Mailables are a great way of keeping the functionality for the email in a single place. To generate a new mailable class we can use the make artisan command.

php artisan make:mail ContactEmail

For this class we're going to accept the array of email data in the constructor and add this to a public property so it can be accessed from a mailable view.


namespace App\Mail;

use Illuminate\Bus\Queueable;
use Illuminate\Mail\Mailable;
use Illuminate\Queue\SerializesModels;
use Illuminate\Contracts\Queue\ShouldQueue;

class ContactEmail extends Mailable
    use Queueable, SerializesModels;

    public $contact;

     * Create a new message instance.
    public function __construct( array $contact )
        $this->contact = $contact;

     * Build the message.
     * @return $this
    public function build()
        return $this->markdown('');

In the resources/views folder is where you can place the markdown for the email.

# Contact Form

<p>From: {{ $contact['name'] }}</p>

<p>Email: {{ $contact['email'] }}</p>

{{ $contact['message'] }}

{{ config('') }}

If you're trying this on Homestead you should be able to view this email on mailhog by accessing your homestead box on port 8025

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