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PHP

Redirect from thank you page.

I have successfully created a thank you page after a form submission without any trouble. My question is how do you redirect from the thank you page back to the contact page after 5 seconds?

This will only work on my localhost but it won't work when uploaded to my website. Any suggestions on what I am over looking?

<?php 

if ($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST") {
    $name = trim($_POST["name"]);
    $email = trim($_POST["email"]);
    $message = trim($_POST["message"]);


    if ($name == "" OR $email == "" OR $message == "") {
        echo "You must specify a value for name, email address, and message.";
        exit;
    }

    foreach( $_POST as $value ){
        if( stripos($value,'Content-Type:') !== FALSE ){
            echo "There was a problem with the information you entered.";    
            exit;
        }
    }

    if ($_POST["address"] != "") {
        echo "Your form submission has an error.";
        exit;
    }

    require_once("inc/phpmailer/class.phpmailer.php");
    $mail = new PHPMailer();

    if (!$mail->ValidateAddress($email)){
        echo "You must specify a valid email address.";
        exit;
    }

    $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 = "joseph@teachpro.net";
    $mail->AddAddress($address, "Joseph Damiani | Web Designer");
    $mail->Subject    = "Contact Form Submission | " . $name;
    $mail->MsgHTML($email_body);

    if(!$mail->Send()) {
      echo "There was a problem sending the email: " . $mail->ErrorInfo;
      exit;
    }

    header("Location: contact.php?status=thanks");
    exit;
}
?>
<?php 
$pageTitle = "Joseph Damiani | Contact";
include('inc/header.php'); ?>
    <div id="wrapper">
      <section id="primary">
        <h3>General Information</h3>
        <p>I am currently looking for web design work. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!</p>
        <p>Please only use phone contact for urgent inquiries. Otherwise, Twitter, Facebook and email are the best way to reach me.</p>
      <br>
            <h3>Contact Form</h3>

             <?php if (isset($_GET["status"]) AND $_GET["status"] == "thanks") { 
                header('Refresh: 5; contact.php'); ?>
                <p>Thanks for the email! I&rsquo;ll be in touch shortly!</p>

            <?php } else { ?>

                <p>I&rsquo;d love to hear from you! Complete the form to send me an email.</p>

                <form method="post" action="contact.php">

        <label for="name">Name:</label>
        <input type="text" id="name" name="name">
        <label for="email">Email:</label>
        <input type="email" id="email" name="email">
        <label for="message">Message:</label>
        <textarea id="message" name="message"></textarea>

        <button type="submit">Send</button>

      </form>
            <?php } ?>
      </section>
  <br>
        <section id="secondary">

<h3>Contact Details</h3>
        <ul class="contact-info">
          <li>my namei</li>
          <li>my address</li>
          <li>my address</li>
          <li class="phone"><a href="tel:my number">my number</a></li>
          <li class="mail"><a href="mailto:my email address">my email address</a></li>
        </ul>   
</div>
<?php include('inc/footer.php') ?>
Jack McDowell
Jack McDowell
37,797 Points

The problem could be that header() requires an absolute uri, or that code is being output before it. I'm not sure if a url like

header('Refresh: 10; url=index.php');

would fix it, but you can read more about the options here.

And here for the manual that references header being executed before any other html code.

Apparently this worked and the code was passed by the validator. While this feels like a rogue method it worked. Thanks for your help in the placement of the code for the refresh.

<?php if (isset($_GET["status"]) AND $_GET["status"] == "thanks") { ?>
             <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="5;URL='contact.php'" />
                <p>Thanks for the email! I&rsquo;ll be in touch shortly!</p>

1 Answer

Jack McDowell
Jack McDowell
37,797 Points

Hello, for my contact page (contact/index.php) I can do that by adding:

header('Refresh: 5; index.php');

after it sends the email. I'll post the code for my contact index.php so that you can see where it goes (it's on line 87).

<?php 

require_once("../inc/config.php");

/* This file contains instructions for three different states of the form:
 *   - Displaying the initial contact form
 *   - Handling the form submission and sending the email
 *   - Displaying a thank you message
 */

// a request method of post indicates that
// we are receiving a form submission
if ($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST") {

    // the form has fields for name, email, and message
    $name = trim($_POST["name"]);
    $email = trim($_POST["email"]);
    $message = trim($_POST["message"]);

    // the fields name, email, and message are required
    if ($name == "" OR $email == "" OR $message == "") {
        $error_message = "You must specify a value for name, email address, and message.";
    }

    // this code checks for malicious code attempting
    // to inject values into the email header
    if (!isset($error_message)) {
        foreach( $_POST as $value ){
            if( stripos($value,'Content-Type:') !== FALSE ){
                $error_message = "There was a problem with the information you entered.";
            }
        }
    }

    // the field named address is used as a spam honeypot
    // it is hidden from users, and it must be left blank
    if (!isset($error_message) && $_POST["address"] != "") {
        $error_message = "Your form submission has an error.";
    }

    require_once(ROOT_PATH . "inc/phpmailer/class.phpmailer.php");
    $mail = new PHPMailer();

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

    // if, after all the checks above, there is no message, then we
    // have a valid form submission; let's send the email
    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 = "orders@shirts4mike.com";
        $mail->AddAddress($address, "Shirts 4 Mike");
        $mail->Subject    = "Shirts 4 Mike Contact Form Submission | " . $name;
        $mail->MsgHTML($email_body); 

        // if the email is sent successfully, redirect to a thank you page;
        // otherwise, set a new error message
        if($mail->Send()) {
            header("Location: " . BASE_URL . "contact/?status=thanks");
            exit;
        } else {
          $error_message = "There was a problem sending the email: " . $mail->ErrorInfo;
        }

    }
}

?><?php 
$pageTitle = "Contact Mike";
$section = "contact";
include(ROOT_PATH . 'inc/header.php'); ?>

    <div class="section page">

        <div class="wrapper">

            <h1>Contact</h1>

            <?php // if status=thanks in the query string, display an thank you message instead of the form ?>
            <?php if (isset($_GET["status"]) AND $_GET["status"] == "thanks") { 
                header('Refresh: 5; index.php');?>
                <p>Thanks for the email! I&rsquo;ll be in touch shortl !</p>

            <?php } else { ?>

                <?php
                    if (!isset($error_message)) {
                        echo '<p>I&rsquo;d love to hear from you! Complete the form to send me an email.</p>';
                    } else {
                        echo '<p class="message">' . $error_message . '</p>';
                    }
                ?>

                <form method="post" action="<?php echo BASE_URL; ?>contact/">

                    <table>
                        <tr>
                            <th>
                                <label for="name">Name</label>
                            </th>
                            <td>
                                <input type="text" name="name" id="name" value="<?php if (isset($name)) { echo htmlspecialchars($name); } ?>">
                            </td>
                        </tr>
                        <tr>
                            <th>
                                <label for="email">Email</label>
                            </th>
                            <td>
                                <input type="text" name="email" id="email" value="<?php if(isset($email)) { echo htmlspecialchars($email); } ?>">
                            </td>
                        </tr>
                        <tr>
                            <th>
                                <label for="message">Message</label>
                            </th>
                            <td>
                                <textarea name="message" id="message"><?php if (isset($message)) { echo htmlspecialchars($message); } ?></textarea>
                            </td>
                        </tr> 
                        <tr style="display: none;">
                            <?php // the field named address is used as a spam honeypot ?>
                            <?php // it is hidden from users, and it must be left blank ?>
                            <th>
                                <label for="address">Address</label>
                            </th>
                            <td>
                                <input type="text" name="address" id="address">
                                <p>Humans (and frogs): please leave this field blank.</p>
                            </td>
                        </tr>                   
                    </table>
                    <input type="submit" value="Send">

                </form>

            <?php } ?>

        </div>

    </div>

<?php include(ROOT_PATH . 'inc/footer.php') ?>