Chris, Sorry for the delay... My macbook pro is in the shop AGAIN so I'm working from my pc and its taken a bit to catch up.
Response to first question. The two zip codes ranges will be considerably different as both are in different states. Knowing how zip's work it's not likely that they will even be a range within a given territory. For example, CA may be something like this 91001, 91011, 91214 etc.
Seeing the form you created could certainly work with enough entries. The advantage is that consumers don't get frustrated entering their zip only to get a "sorry charlie" note.
Ideally, regardless if all ranges are displayed or if there is an input field, the result would be a contact email form that routes to the appropriate salesman (I think that's what your form must do).
If need be, I could have two different input forms (one for CA and one for TX) and each one tied to the appropriate salesman email. This would allow for only one of two possible conditions (1) email form (2) sorry, we don't service your area message. Of course if I display all the zip's there is no need for #2.
In closing it might be a long term disadvantage to list all zip's as a large territory could have a dozen or more and the overall size of the input area would be too big, certainly outside of a wordpress widget.
An example of this input that works in Joomla can be found here: http://www.jsmaids.com/. I have no idea how it was done as Joomla is a mystery but you'll see the functionalty in the top right widget. Test it with these two zip's 91001 and 91214.
Thanks for the help. I look forward to your reply.
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