PHP – Form Validation

By | July 14, 2020
PHP - Form Validation

In forms, some of the fields are important and it is necessary that we validate it those fields are filled or not. PHP supports two types of validation:

  • Client-side validation– validation is done on the client-side web browser.
  • Server-side validation– after the submission of the data, the data is sent to the server where it is being validated on the server-side.

How to validate the URL

$website = input($_POST["website"]);
if (!preg_match("/\b(?:(?:https?|ftp):\/\/|www\.)[-a-z0-9+&@#\/%?=~_|!:,.;]*[-a-z0-9+&@#\/%=~_|]/i",$website)) {
   $websiteErr = "Invalid URL"; 
}

How to validate the Email

$db_email = input($_POST["email"]);
if (!filter_var($db_email, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL)) {
   $emailErr = "Invalid email format and please re-enter email"; 
}

Example:

Vamware
<html>
   <head>
    <style>
      .error {color: #FF0000;}
    </style>
   </head>
   <body>
      <?php
         // defining variables and setting them to empty values
         $nameErr = $emailErr = "";
         $name = $email = "";
if ($_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"] == "POST") {
            if (empty($_POST["name"])) {
               $nameErr = "Name is required";
            }else {
               $name = test_input($_POST["name"]);
            }            
            if (empty($_POST["email"])) {
               $emailErr = "Email is required";
            }else {
               $email = test_input($_POST["email"]);               
               // check if e-mail address is in correct format
               if (!filter_var($email, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL)) {
                  $emailErr = "Invalid email format"; 
               }
            }
function test_input($data) {
            $data = trim($data);
            $data = stripslashes($data);
            $data = htmlspecialchars($data);
            return $data;
         }
      ?>     
      <h2>Classes Registration</h2>
     <p><span class = "error">* enter required field.</span></p>
     <form method = "post" action = "<?php 
         echo htmlspecialchars($_SERVER["PHP_SELF"]);?>">
         <table>
            <tr>
               <td>Name:</td>
               <td><input type = "text" name = "name">
                  <span class = "error">* <?php echo $nameErr;?></span>
               </td>
            </tr>           
            <tr>
               <td>E-mail: </td>
               <td><input type = "text" name = "email">
                  <span class = "error">* <?php echo $emailErr;?></span>
               </td>
            </tr>
          <td>
               <input type = "submit" name = "submit" value = "Submit"> 
            </td>
         </table>
      </form>
      <?php
         echo "<h2>Your values are:</h2>";
         echo $name;
         echo "<br>";
         echo $email;
         echo "<br>";
?>
</body>
</html>

OutputClasses Registration

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