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Check URLs and restrict user entering free email address

Posted on 2008-10-26
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I have a free evaluation form that I want people to use, but I would like it to do two checks before sending the form:
1. Check the URLs entered are real websites
2. If a user enters a free email (hotmail, yahoo etc.) address, I would like to show an error message, asking them to use another address.
Thanks,
Mike
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Question by:mikejc28
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BrianGEFF719 earned 200 total points
ID: 22810408
$bad_emails = array('hotmail.com', 'yahoo.com', 'gmail.com', 'email.com', 'aim.com');
$the_email = 'ned@gmail.com';

$bad = false;
foreach($bad_emails as $domain)
 if(strstr($the_email, $domain))
  $bad = true

if($bad)
{
echo 'Please get a real email address';
}

As far as check whether a website is valid or not, you would need to probably check to see if it has any DNS records associated with it, or, you can just curl to it and see if anything comes back...

Brian
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by:EMB01
EMB01 earned 200 total points
ID: 22812019
Here's a code to check if a website is real and exists:
<?
function url_exists($strURL) {
    $resURL = curl_init();
    curl_setopt($resURL, CURLOPT_URL, $strURL);
    curl_setopt($resURL, CURLOPT_BINARYTRANSFER, 1);
    curl_setopt($resURL, CURLOPT_HEADERFUNCTION, 'curlHeaderCallback');
    curl_setopt($resURL, CURLOPT_FAILONERROR, 1);

    curl_exec ($resURL);

    $intReturnCode = curl_getinfo($resURL, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);
    curl_close ($resURL);

    if ($intReturnCode != 200 && $intReturnCode != 302 && $intReturnCode != 304) {
       return false;
    }Else{
        return true ;
    }
}

//Usage Example :
If(url_exists("http://www.weberdev.com/addexample.php3")) {
    Echo"URL Exists";
}Else{
    Echo"URL doesnot exist";
}
?>

Source: http://www.weberdev.com/get_example-4335.html
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by:mikejc28
ID: 22818639
Thanks BrianGEFF719.
Question: How do I code this into my form to check the email entered?
<form method="POST" action="http://www.wolf21.com/analysis.php">
<p>Your website address:
<input name="yourwebsite" type="text" value="http://www." size="30">
</p>
<p>1st competitors website:<br />
<input name="competitor1website" type="text" value="http://www." size="30">
</p>
<p>2nd competitors website:<br />
<input name="competitor2website" type="text" value="http://www." size="30">
</p>
<p>Key phrase:<br />
<input name="keyphrase" type="text" value="eg. marketing company toronto" size="30">
</p>
<p>Your email address:<br />
<input name="EmailFrom" type="text" size="30">
</p>
<p>We will email you a FREE report comparing you and your top two competitors. No strings attached.</p>
<br/><input type="submit" name="submit" value="Submit">
</form>

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by:Ray Paseur
Ray Paseur earned 100 total points
ID: 22821921
You would add the analysis code to the action script: http://www.wolf21.com/analysis.php

If you post that script as it sits today, we may be able to help you get the mods made.  Something like the code snippet...

Note that you could let the check_valid_email() function to disallow these free email addresses, however there are lots of perfectly legit people out there who use GMail - that's an application design question.

Good luck with your project, ~Ray
<?php // http://www.wolf21.com/analysis.php
 
// GET THE EMAIL ARGUMENT
$eml = $_POST["EmailFrom"];
 
// TEST THE EMAIL ARGUMENT
if (!check_valid_email($eml)) { /* EMAIL IS NOT USABLE */ }
 
// FUNCTION TO TEST THE QUALITY OF AN EMAIL ADDRESS
function check_valid_email($email) {
    $bad_emails = array('yahoo.com', 'hotmail.com', 'gmail.com', 'etc...');
    $email  = trim(strtolower($email));
    if (!eregi ("^([a-z0-9_]|\\-|\\.)+@(([a-z0-9_]|\\-)+\\.)+[a-z]{2,4}$", $email)) return FALSE;
    if (strpos($email, '@')) {
        $emaila = explode('@', $email);
        if (in_array($emaila[1], $bad_emails)) return FALSE;
        if     ($emaila[0] == '') return FALSE;
        elseif ($emaila[1] == '') return FALSE;
        elseif ((checkdnsrr($emaila[1],"MX") || checkdnsrr($emaila[1],"A"))) return TRUE;
        else   return FALSE;
    } else return FALSE;
}

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