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Sticky Forms with PHP

Ever submitted a form and not filled in all the field only to have to fill them all in again? This tutorial shows you how to keep your in-putted data.

To keep the in-putted data in a input field have the value call the php variable for it like this: 

value="<?php echo $name;?>"

Here is a simple form with sticky input:

<form method="post" action="<?php $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'];?>">
Name:<input type="text" name="name" value="<?php echo $name;?>"/>
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="submit" />
</form>

If something goes wrong and the form reloads the in-putted name will still be there.

To keep in-putted data in textfields you need to have the code layout slightly different like this:

<textarea name="text"><?php echo $text;?></textarea>

This will keep the text that's inputted into the textarea. 

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.