Adding <p></p> to a submitted text area

I'm currently making a guest book for a site I'm building at the moment but have hit a problem I can't seem to get past.

I have a text area where a visitor can type their message but when it's submitted and sent to the database it loses all its formatting. So basically all I need it to do is add <p></p> tags where appropriate. Is there a way to do this with php?

I want to keep things simple so don't want a full blown wysiwyg editor with stripped features.

Thank you
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steelseth12Connect With a Mentor Commented:
>> So basically all I need it to do is add <p></p> tags where appropriate

Where do you see appropriate to add the <p> tag ??

You can very easily add <br> tags for every new line using the nl2br() function

$text = nl2br($_POST["textarea_name"]);
Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
>it loses all its formatting.
I must assume that you mean the line breaks.
in fact, the data submitted saves the carriage return with \n  , and to display with the html output a line break, you will need to replace that by a <br>.
Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
please see here:
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