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PHP Build a Basic PHP Website (2018) Adding a Basic Form Redirecting After a Form Submission

Header Function Question

In the video, Alena reminds us that there must be no output before header function for the redirect to work. However, if we look at the code:

    echo "<pre>";
    $email_body = "";
    $email_body .= "Name " . $name . "\n";
    $email_body .= "Email " . $email . "\n";
    $email_body .= "Details " . $details . "\n";
    echo $email_body;
    echo "</pre>";

    //To Do: Send Email
    header("location:suggest.php?status=thanks");

Shouldn't the echo of $email_body and </pre> mess up the header function, stopping the redirect from happening?

1 Answer

Hi David,

There was a similar question that I answered which should help you out. https://teamtreehouse.com/community/confused-why-does-header-work-if-an-echo-is-already-sent-to-the-browser-first

DavidPaul sullivan
DavidPaul sullivan
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I just spent like 20mins trying to figure out what i missed. I'm working in my own local dev so it wouldn't work >< thanks Jason Anello super clutch