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Empty records created in mysqli via my php script from html form.

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Hi, I have spent hours on this and not figured it out. researched online extensively, and I'm sure I'm not the first one , but I haven't been able to figure  it out.  Help please?

I have an action_page1.php script.  I have an html contact form.  I have a msqli db setup.

The form looks ok on the html in the browser.  

The form seems to work alright when I enter the information, in so much that it seems to take the info and spit out a the return screen that says: 

"Connection to server successfully established. 
New record created successfully. Last inserted ID is: 9First Name: 
Last Name: 
Phone: 
Address: 
City: 
State: 
Zip: 
Email Address: 
Country: 
Comments: 
Subscribe to Mailing List?: 
Error connecting to database."

 

Issues: 

1. I don't know why it says "Error" connecting to database" at the end. huh? I know I programmed it in there, but I'm not sure why it's showing up there if the top says it's fine?!

2. How do I get the 'First Name" to sit under the ID instead of next to it?

3. When I go to see the record in the database, it is empty...why?

here is a snap shot of what the records looks like:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gPZEosBsouyo5hrkI_u4ZzB5Xanh35Vr

4. Why are the fields in the returned screen above, empty also?

here is the  script file:

"<?php

$host_name  = "db.......";

$database   = "db......";

$user_name  = "db......";

$password   = "..........";

$connect = mysqli_connect($host_name, $user_name, $password, $database);
    
 if(mysqli_connect_errno())
    {
    echo '<p>Failed to connect to Server: '.mysqli_connect_error().'</p>';

}
    else
    {
    echo '<p>Connection to server successfully established.</p>';

}

$mysqli = "INSERT INTO contactpage (first_name, last_name, phone_number, address, city, state, zip, country, email_address, comments, join_mailing_list)
VALUES ('$first_name','$last_name','$phone_number','$address','city','state','zip','$country','$email_address', '$comments','$join_mailing_list')";


if ($connect->query($mysqli) === TRUE) {
    $last_id = $connect->insert_id;
    echo "New record created successfully. Last inserted ID is: " . $last_id;
} else {
    echo "Error: " . $mysqli . "<br>" . $connect->error;
}
// define variables and set to empty values
$first_name = $_POST['first_name'];
$last_name = $_POST['last_name'];
$phone_number = $_POST['phone_number'];
$address = $_POST['address'];
$city = $_POST['city'];
$state = $_POST['state'];
$zip = $_POST['zip'];
$email_address = $_POST['email_address'];
$country = $_POST['country'];
$comments = $_POST['comments'];
$join_mailing_list = $_POST['join_mailing_list'];

$first_nameErr = $last_nameErr = $phone_numberErr = $addressErr = $cityErr = $stateErr = $zipErr = $countryErr = $email_addressErr = $commentsErr = $join_mailing_listErr = "";

$email = ".............";
$emailSubject = "test";

$headers = "From:$emailaddress\r\n";
$headers .= "Content-type: text/html\r\n";

$body = <<<EOD
<br><hr><br>
First Name : $first_name <br>
Last Name : $last_name <br>
Phone Number : $phone_number <br>
Address : $address <br>
City : $city <br>
State : $state <br>
Zip : $zip <br>
Country : $country <br>
Email Address : $email_address <br>
Comments : $comments <br>
Subscribe to Mailing List : $join_mailing_list <br>
EOD;

$success = mail($email, $emailSubject, $body, $headers);

$theResults = <<<EOD
"Thank you. Your message has been sent and you will be contacted soon"
echo "<br>";
echo "<h2>Your Input:</h2>";
echo  $first_name;
echo "<br>";
echo  $last_name;
echo "<br>";
echo  $phone_number;
echo "<br>";
echo  $address;
echo "<br>";
echo  $city;
echo "<br>";
echo  $state;
echo "<br>";
echo  $zip;
echo "<br>"
echo  $country;
echo "<br>";
echo  $email_address;
echo "<br>";
echo  $comments;
echo "<br>";
echo  $join_mailing_list;
echo "<br>";
EOD;

echo "First Name:  " . $first_name . "<br>";
echo "Last Name:  " . $last_name . "<br>";
echo "Phone:  " . $phone_number . "<br>";
echo "Address:  " . $address . "<br>";
echo "City:  " . $city . "<br>";
echo "State:  " . $state . "<br>";
echo "Zip:  " . $zip . "<br>";
echo "Email Address:  " . $email_address . "<br>";
echo "Country:  " . $country . "<br>";
echo "Comments: " . $comments . "<br>";
echo "Subscribe to Mailing List?:  " . $join_mailing_list . "<br>";


$db = mysqli_connect("localhost","db..........",".........");
if(!$db) die("Error connecting to database.");
mysqli_select_db("db.........." ,$db);

$mysqli = "INSERT INTO contactpage (first_name, last_name, phone_number, address, city, state, zip, country, email_address, comments, join_mailing_list) 
VALUES (".
PrepmySQLi($varfirst_name) . ", " .
PrepmySQLi($varlast_name) . ", " .
PrepmySQLi($varphone_number) . ", " .
PrepmySQLi($varaddress) . ", " .
PrepmySQLi($varcity) . ", " .
PrepmySQLi($varstate) . ", " .
PrepmySQLi($varzip) . ", " .
PrepmySQLi($varcountry) . ", " . 
PrepmySQLi($varemail_address) . ", " .
PrepmySQLi($varcomments) . ", " .
PrepSQL($varjoin_mailing_list) . ", " .

mysqli_query($mysqli);

if ($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST") {
  if (empty($_POST["first_name"])) {
    $first_nameErr = "First name is required";
  } else {
    $first_name = test_input($_POST["first_name"]);
  if (!preg_match("/^[a-zA-Z ]*$/",$first_name)) {
    $first_nameErr = "Only letters and white space allowed"; 
}
}
  if (empty($_POST["last_name"])) {
    $last_nameErr = "Last name is required";
  } else {
    $last_name = test_input($_POST["last_name"]);
  if (!preg_match("/^[a-zA-Z ]*$/",$last_name)) {
    $last_nameErr = "Only letters and white space allowed"; 
}
}
  if (empty($_POST["phone_number"])) {
    $phone_numberErr = "Please enter a phone number";
  } else {
    $phone_number = test_input($_POST["phone_number"]);
}
  if (empty($_POST["address"])) {
    $addressErr = "Address is required";
  } else {
    $address = test_input($_POST["address"]);
}

if (empty($_POST["city"])) {
    $cityErr = "City is required";
  } else {
    $city = test_input($_POST["city"]);
}
if (empty($_POST["state"])) {
    $stateErr = "State is required";
  } else {
    $state = test_input($_POST["state"]);
}

if (empty($_POST["zip"])) {
    $zipErr = "Zip is required";
  } else {
    $zip = test_input($_POST["zip"]);
}

 if (empty($_POST["country"])) {
    $countryERR = "please enter your country";
   } else {
   $country = test_input($_POST["country"]);
}

  if (empty($_POST["email_address"])) {
    $email_addressErr = "Email is required";
  } else {
    $email_address = test_input($_POST["email_address"]);
  if (!filter_var($email_address, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL)) {
    $email_addressErr = "Invalid email format";
}
}
 
  if (empty($_POST["comments"])) {
    $comments = "";
  } else {
    $comments = test_input($_POST["comments"]);
}
  if (empty($_POST["join_mailing_list"])) {
    $join_mailing_listErr = "requres a yes or no";
  } else {
    $join_mailing_list = test_input($_POST["join_mailing_list"]);
}
 
 function test_input($data) {
  $data = trim($data);
  $data = stripslashes($data);
  $data = htmlspecialchars($data);
  return $data;
}

  if($_POST['formSubmit'] == "Submit") 
{
$varfirst_name = $_POST['first_name'];
$varlast_name = $_POST['last_name'];
$varphone_number = $_POST['phone_number'];
$varaddress = $_POST['address'];
$varcity = $_POST['city'];
$varstate = $_POST['state'];
$varzip = $_POST['zip'];
$varcountry = $_POST['country'];
$varemail_address = $_POST['email_address'];
$varcomments = $_POST['comments'];
$varjoin_mailing_list = $_POST['join_mailing_list'];
$errorMessage = "";
// - - - snip - - - 
}

echo "$theResults";
}
$connect->close();
?>"
 

Thanks for any help you can offer!  
 

 

 

 

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1. I don't know why it says "Error" connecting to database" at the end. huh? I know I programmed it in there, but I'm not sure why it's showing up there if the top says it's fine?!

I'm not sure why you're connecting to the database more than once, but I bet you're not doing it right the last time.  You don't need to connect more than once in the vast majority of situations though.

2. How do I get the 'First Name" to sit under the ID instead of next to it?

In HTML you use <br> to add a line break.

3. When I go to see the record in the database, it is empty...why?

You're running the query before you define any variables or get any form data.  You should add this at the top of your code:

ini_set('display_errors', 1);
	error_reporting(E_ALL);

You also really need to use prepared statements instead of putting variables directly in a SQL query, in most situation you should not use variables in a SQL query.  Use prepared statements for that, mysqli supports them and so does PDO.

4. Why are the fields in the returned screen above, empty also?

That's the same question as above.  If you print that insert query to see exactly what you're telling the database to do, you'll notice it has no data in it.  If you add that code to enable all error messages you'll see why.

It will also be a lot easier to read your code if you post it in a code box instead of as regular text.  The editor has a button for a code box.

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