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PHP Enhancing a Simple PHP Application Integrating Validation Errors Displaying the Error Message

potential improvement

Randy Hoyt

If the user fails to include ".com" in the email field, he will receive an error message like this: "There was a problem sending the email: Could not instantiate mail function." This doesn't seem ideal because--at least from the perspective of the average user--it's cryptic. Also, from a developer's perspective, it's not an intended error message. So, I think it would be useful to add to the conditional statement. Instead of:

    if (!isset($error_message) && !$mail->ValidateAddress($email){
      $error_message = "You must specify a valid email address.";

it should be:

    if (!isset($error_message) && (!$mail->ValidateAddress($email) OR stripos($email, '.com') == FALSE)){
      $error_message = "You must specify a valid email address.";

Now, I'm no PHP wiz so please chime in if this will break anything or cause unintended results. I've tested this locally and it seems to work. Anyway, hope this helps!

-James Cool