PHP form validation

Lets create a simple form with name, email, website, comment and gender fields, having name, email and gender field as an required field. In the following code we have added some variables: $nameErr, $emailErr, $genderErr, and $websiteErr. These error variables will hold error messages for the required fields. We have also added an if else statement for each $_POST variable. This checks if the $_POST variable is empty (with the PHP empty() function). If it is empty, an error message is stored in the different error variables, and if it is not empty, it sends the user input data through the test_input() function:

<!DOCTYPE HTML>
<html>
<head>
<style>
.error {color: #FF0000;}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<?php
// define variables and set to empty values
$nameErr = $emailErr = $genderErr = $websiteErr = “”;
$name = $email = $gender = $comment = $website = “”;

if ($_SERVER[“REQUEST_METHOD”] == “POST”) {
if (empty($_POST[“name”])) {
$nameErr = “Name is required”;
} else {
$name = test_input($_POST[“name”]);
}

if (empty($_POST[“email”])) {
$emailErr = “Email is required”;
} else {
$email = test_input($_POST[“email”]);
}

if (empty($_POST[“website”])) {
$website = “”;
} else {
$website = test_input($_POST[“website”]);
}

if (empty($_POST[“comment”])) {
$comment = “”;
} else {
$comment = test_input($_POST[“comment”]);
}

if (empty($_POST[“gender”])) {
$genderErr = “Gender is required”;
} else {
$gender = test_input($_POST[“gender”]);
}
}

function test_input($data) {
$data = trim($data);
$data = stripslashes($data);
$data = htmlspecialchars($data);
return $data;
}
?>

<h2>PHP Form Validation Example</h2>
<p><span class=”error”>* required field</span></p>
<form method=”post” action=”<?php echohtmlspecialchars($_SERVER[“PHP_SELF”]);?>”>
Name: <input type=”text” name=”name”>
<span class=”error”>* <?php echo $nameErr;?></span>
<br><br>
E-mail: <input type=”text” name=”email”>
<span class=”error”>* <?php echo $emailErr;?></span>
<br><br>
Website: <input type=”text” name=”website”>
<span class=”error”><?php echo $websiteErr;?></span>
<br><br>
Comment: <textarea name=”comment” rows=”5″ cols=”40″></textarea>
<br><br>
Gender:
<input type=”radio” name=”gender” value=”female”>Female
<input type=”radio” name=”gender” value=”male”>Male
<input type=”radio” name=”gender” value=”other”>Other
<span class=”error”>* <?php echo $genderErr;?></span>
<br><br>
<input type=”submit” name=”submit” value=”Submit”>
</form>

<?php
echo “<h2>Your Input:</h2>”;
echo $name;
echo “<br>”;
echo $email;
echo “<br>”;
echo $website;
echo “<br>”;
echo $comment;
echo “<br>”;
echo $gender;
?>

</body>
</html>

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