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PHP Enhancing a Simple PHP Application Integrating Validation Errors Escaping Output

Aaron Munoz
Aaron Munoz
11,177 Points

Need Help with my code for Extra Credit for Enhancing PHP Application

This is what I came up with. I noticed that I don't get an error message for when "There was a problem sending the email." It just reloads the contact form with the values. First off, did I approach the extra credit the right way? And second, why won't it give me a confirmation that it sent nor give me an error?

    $name = trim($_POST["name"]);
    $email = trim($_POST["email"]);
    $message = trim($_POST["message"]);

$error_message = array();
if ($name == "") {
   $error_message [] = "You must specify a value for name."; 
 if ($email == ""){
     $error_message [] = "You must specify a valid email address.";
 if ($message == "") {
     $error_message [] = "You must include a message.";

    if (!isset($error_message)) {
        $email_body = "";
        $email_body = $email_body . "Name: " . $name . "<br>";
        $email_body = $email_body . "Email: " . $email . "<br>";
        $email_body = $email_body . "Message: " . $message;

        $mail->SetFrom($email, $name);
        $address = "aaron@theblueocean.tv";
        $mail->AddAddress($address, "Shirts 4 Mike");
        $mail->Subject = "Shirts 4 Mike Contact Form Submission | " . $name;

        if ($mail->Send()) {
            header("Location: contact.php?status=thanks");
        } else {
            $error_message [] = "There was a problem sending the email: " . $mail->ErrorInfo;

<?php if (isset($_GET["status"]) AND $_GET["status"] == "thanks") { ?>
            <p>Thanks for the email! I&rsquo;ll be in touch shortly!</p>
        <?php } else { ?>

            if (!isset($error_message)) {
                echo '<p>I&rsquo;d love to hear from you! Complete the form to send me an email.</p>';
                } else { foreach($error_message as $error) {
                echo '<p class="message">' . $error . '</p>';
            } ?>
Brandon Berger
Brandon Berger
3,947 Points

Php mail function will almost always return true, it cannot tell if the server sent the email successfully and the user received it