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Maximiliane Quel
Maximiliane Quel
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Retrieving post variables after redirect


I was wondering whether anyone knows how to call in a user-submitted variable on the thank you page after a redirect. Is that easy?

If we take the Shirts 4 Mike page example in the building a simple php application project after we redirect, is it possible to redirect in a way so that we can use the name variable in the contact-thanks.php page?

in our contact-process.php we have:


$name = $_POST["name"];
$surname = $_POST["surname"];
$email = $_POST["email"];
$message = $_POST["message"];

$email_body = "";
$email_body = $email_body . "Name: " . $name . "\n";
$email_body = $email_body . "Surname: " . $surname . "\n";
$email_body = $email_body . "Email: " . $email . "\n";
$email_body = $email_body . "Message: " . $message;

//TODO: Send Email

header("Location: contact-thanks.php");


in the contact-thanks.php we have


$pageTitle = "Contact Mike";
$section = "contact";


 <div class="section page">
     <div class="wrapper">

         <p>Thanks for the email! I&rsquo;ll be in touch shortly.</p>

 <?php include("inc/footer.php"); ?>

now is there a way for me to let the contact-thanks.php output:

Thank you $name for the email! I'll be in touch shortly.

Thank you.

2 Answers

The easiest way is to change the header status from <code> header("Location: contact.php?status=thanks"); </code> to '' header("Location: contact.php?status=" . $name); '''

then change the thanks block to ''' if(isset($_GET["status"])){ echo "<p>Thank you " . $_GET["status"] . " for the email! I’ll be in touch shortly.</p>"; } '''

You lose some validation, but you can personalize the thank you message. You could also create a separate file to handle the variable, then delete after the message has been posted, but that would be a wasted process for something this simple.