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Integrating PHP into HTML Form pages.

The login pages of a web site are usually HTML forms. The HTML forms will be linked to a script to process the data received via form from the user.   This linking is performed by HTM Form Attribute called  “Action” (HTML <form> action Attribute). 

Syntax:  <form action="<scriptname>" method="<post/get>">

Example: Save below content as “Form-Example.php”

<form action="login.php" method="post">
  First name: <input type="text" name="fname"><br>
  Last name: <input type="text" name="lname"><br>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">

The page would look like below form for the end user:



Upon user clicks “Submit” button the respective login.php script gets invoked.  Let’s say you’ve setup login.php as below:

    if( $_POST[‘fname’] && $_POST[‘lname’] ) {
        echo "Your Full Name is: ", $_POST[‘fname’], " ", $_POST[‘lname’];
    } else {
        echo "You have not mentioned either First or Last name, please try again!";   

The output would look like below for the end user:




The important notes about HTML Form Action attribute:

  • If you leave the action attribute blank or without any script location, then it’s simply reloads the form page again.

    <form action="" method="post">

  • The page will be self posted back to itself if it’s action attribute is:
    • not specified, i.e., “action=” is omitted
    • is set to nothing, above case
    • is set to # i.e., “action=#”

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