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I cant get this PHP code to work

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#1 Guest_slehmann36_*


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Posted 21 August 2014 - 04:58 AM

Hi, i am new to the PHP scene and am having trouble getting this PHP code i found to work. I found it here:



<!doctype html>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>Untitled Document</title>
if (isset($_REQUEST['submitted'])) {
// Initialize error array.
  $errors = array();
  // Check for a proper First name
  if (!empty($_REQUEST['firstname'])) {
  $firstname = $_REQUEST['firstname'];
  $pattern = "/^[a-zA-Z0-9\_]{2,20}/";// This is a regular expression that checks if the name is valid characters
  if (preg_match($pattern,$firstname)){ $firstname = $_REQUEST['firstname'];}
  else{ $errors[] = 'Your Name can only contain _, 1-9, A-Z or a-z 2-20 long.';}
  } else {$errors[] = 'You forgot to enter your First Name.';}
  // Check for a proper Last name
  if (!empty($_REQUEST['lastname'])) {
  $lastname = $_REQUEST['lastname'];
  $pattern = "/^[a-zA-Z0-9\_]{2,20}/";// This is a regular expression that checks if the name is valid characters
  if (preg_match($pattern,$lastname)){ $lastname = $_REQUEST['lastname'];}
  else{ $errors[] = 'Your Name can only contain _, 1-9, A-Z or a-z 2-20 long.';}
  } else {$errors[] = 'You forgot to enter your Last Name.';}
  //Check for a valid phone number
  if (!empty($_REQUEST['phone'])) {
  $phone = $_REQUEST['phone'];
  $pattern = "/^[0-9\_]{7,20}/";
  if (preg_match($pattern,$phone)){ $phone = $_REQUEST['phone'];}
  else{ $errors[] = 'Your Phone number can only be numbers.';}
  } else {$errors[] = 'You forgot to enter your Phone number.';}
  if (!empty($_REQUEST['redmapleacer']) || !empty($_REQUEST['chinesepistache']) || !empty($_REQUEST['raywoodash'])) {
  $check1 = $_REQUEST['redmapleacer'];
  if (empty($check1)){$check1 = 'Unchecked';}else{$check1 = 'Checked';}
  $check2 = $_REQUEST['chinesepistache'];
  if (empty($check2)){$check2 = 'Unchecked';}else{$check2 = 'Checked';}
  $check3 = $_REQUEST['raywoodash'];
  if (empty($check3)){$check3 = 'Unchecked';}else{$check3 = 'Checked';}
  } else {$errors[] = 'You forgot to enter your Phone number.';}
  //End of validation 
if (empty($errors)) { 
  $from = "From: Our Site!"; //Site name
  // Change this to your email address you want to form sent to
  $to = "your@email.com"; 
  $subject = "Admin - Our Site! Comment from " . $name . "";
  $message = "Message from " . $firstname . " " . $lastname . " 
  Phone: " . $phone . " 
  Red Maple Acer: " . $check1 ."
  Chinese Pistache: " . $check2 ."
  Raywood Ash: " . $check3 ."";
<!--Error Reporting Code-->
  //Print Errors
  if (isset($_REQUEST['submitted'])) {
  // Print any error messages. 
  if (!empty($errors)) { 
  echo '<hr /><h3>The following occurred:</h3><ul>'; 
  // Print each error. 
  foreach ($errors as $msg) { echo '<li>'. $msg . '</li>';}
  echo '</ul><h3>Your mail could not be sent due to input errors.</h3><hr />';}
   else{echo '<hr /><h3 align="center">Your mail was sent. Thank you!</h3><hr /><p>Below is the message that you sent.</p>'; 
  echo "Message from " . $firstname . " " . $lastname . " <br />Phone: ".$phone." <br />";
  echo "<br />Red Maple Acer: " . $check3 . "";
  echo "<br />Chinese Pistache: " . $check2 . "";
  echo "<br />Raywood Ash: " . $check3 . "";
//End of errors array
  <h2>Contact us</h2>
  <p>Fill out the form below.</p>
  <form action="" method="post">
  <label>First Name: <br />
  <input name="firstname" type="text" value="- Enter First Name -" /><br /></label>
  <label>Last Name: <br />
  <input name="lastname" type="text" value="- Enter Last Name -" /><br /></label>
  <label>Phone Number: <br />
  <input name="phone" type="text" value="- Enter Phone Number -" /><br /></label>
  <label>Red Maple Acer: 
  <input name="redmapleacer" type="checkbox" value="Red Maple Acer" /><br /></label>
  <label>Chinese Pistache: 
  <input name="chinesepistache" type="checkbox" value="Chinese Pistache" /><br /></label>
  <label>Raywood Ash: 
  <input name="raywoodash" type="checkbox" value="Raywood Ash" /><br /></label>
  <input name="" type="reset" value="Reset Form" /><input name="submitted" type="submit" value="Submit" />
could someone give me an idea of whats wrong?
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#2 czarboom


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 03:17 AM

what editor are you using for this?  Also its easier to read and error check if you stager (indent) your tags. 

Here is some info on using If statements in PHP.

PHP Manual UMV


It explains what you need to place inside of the If statements to check them.


Also here is a guide from Wired for PHP.


What server are you running this aganist?  PHP.net will not run without a server.  You will need to install one localy or use google or amazons servers to run aganist.  The Wired PHP guide goes through this. 


Any other questions let us know.  Also, send the report (if any) for the vaildation... just remove the IPs if you want.


good luck


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