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Posted on 2011-03-08
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I have this little email script and I am not sure why its not working, I dont get an error on my pages after I submit the form. but the email is just not showing up in my email box I do use google apps if that matters at all. Hopefully someone could help me out:

this is the php on the action page.
<?php

	if(isset($_POST['submit'])) {
		
		$to = "contact@anathallo.net";
		$subject = "A message from the website";
		$name = 'Name:' . $_POST['name'] . "\n";
		$company = 'Company:' . $_POST['company'] . "\n";
		$email = $_POST["email"] . "\n";
		$message = 'Message:' . $_POST['message'] . "\n";
		$headers = "FROM: {$email}\n";
		$headers .= "Reply-To: {$email}\n";
			
		$body = $name . $company . $email  . $phone . $message;
			
		if (mail($to, $subject, $body, $headers)) {
			$response = "Your message has been sent!";			
		} else {
			$response = "Ooops! something happened, please try again.";
		}

	}
	
?>

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this is the form on the contact page:
        <form name="contactform" method="post" action="mailer.php">
        <table class="forms">
            <tr>
                <td id="input"><input name="name" type="text" id="name" size="55" value="your name"/></td>
            </tr>
                <td id="input"><input name="company" type="text" id="company" size="55" value="your company"/></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td id="input"><input name="email" type="text" id="email" size="55" value="your email" /></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td id="input"><textarea name="message" cols="45" rows="12" id="message">your message...</textarea></td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td align="right" class="submit_btn"><input name="submit" type="image" src="images/btn_send.png" /></td>
            </tr>
        </table>
        </form>    

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by:nasirbest
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use value attribute in submit element like
<input name="submit" value="1" type="image" src="images/btn_send.png" />

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by:nasirbest
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also check you spam folder
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 35073974
First thing I notice is that "$phone" is not defined in your code.  That may be causing an error that stops the script.  To see errors, include this at the top of your script:

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

I have attached my PHP email demo code.  It is self contained.  Save it as "Email.php" and put your own email info in there and see if it works on your server or if it gives you errors.
<?php
error_reporting(E_ALL);
ini_set('display_errors','On');

# some settings of POST vars
if (!isset($_POST['send']))  $send = ''; else $send = $_POST['send'];
if (!isset($_POST['toText'])) $toText = ''; else $toText = $_POST['toText'];
if (!isset($_POST['ccText'])) $ccText = ''; else $ccText = $_POST['ccText'];
if (!isset($_POST['subjectText'])) $subjectText = ''; else $subjectText = $_POST['subjectText'];
if (!isset($_POST['msgText'])) $msgText = ''; else $msgText = $_POST['msgText'];
if (!isset($_POST['ccText'])) $ccTexth = ''; else $ccText = $_POST['ccText'];
if (!isset($_POST['bccText'])) $bccText = ''; else $bccText = $_POST['bccText'];
if (!isset($_POST['nameText'])) $nameText = ''; else $nameText = $_POST['nameText'];
if (!isset($_POST['fromText'])) $fromText = ''; else $fromText = $_POST['fromText'];

if ($send == "") {
    $title="Test Email Page";
    $announce="---";
}
else {
	if($fromText === "") die("No name!");
  $toText="youremail@yourdomain.com";
	$title="Test Email Page";
  $announce="Your Message has been Sent!";
	$header = "From: ".$fromText."\r\n";
//	$header .= "Cc: ".$ccText."\n";
	$header .= "Reply-To : ".$fromText."\r\n";
	$header .= "Return-Path : ".$fromText."\r\n";
	$header .= "X-Mailer: PHP\r\n";
	$header .= "MIME-Version: 1.0\r\n";
	$header .= "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1\r\n";
//	ini_set(sendmail_from,$fromText);  
	mail($toText, $subjectText, $msgText, $header, '-f'.$fromText);
//	ini_restore(sendmail_from);
}
?>

<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<title><?php echo($title)?></title>
<style type="text/css">
<!-- 
A:link { color: #999999; }
A:visited { color: #999999; }
A:hover {color: #0099ff;}
-->
</style>
<script type="text/javascript">
<!--
function check()
{
var at=document.getElementById("fromText").value.indexOf("@");
var eml=document.getElementById("fromText").value;
var nam=document.getElementById("nameText").value;
var alerttxt="";
var submitOK="true";

if (eml.length < 5 || at == -1)
    {
    alerttxt=alerttxt+"Please enter a valid e-mail address!\r\n";
    submitOK="false"
    //return false;
    }
if (nam.length < 3)
    {
    alerttxt=alerttxt+"Please enter your name.\r\n";
    submitOK="false"
    //return false;
    }
if (submitOK=="false")
    {
    alert(alerttxt);
    return false;
    }

}

// -->
</script>
</head>

<body bgcolor="#ddeedd">
<div align="center">
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" summary="" width="580">
<tr><td align="center">

<?php
if ($send != "") {
   	echo ("To: ".$toText."<br>\r\nSubject: ".$subjectText."<br>\r\n".$msgText."<br>\r\n".$header);
		}
?>

<p><b><font color="#000000" size="5">Test Email</font></b></p>
<font size="4" color="#000000">

<!--   <form method="POST" action="<?php echo($PHP_SELF)?>"> -->
  <form method="POST" action="Email.php" onsubmit="return check();">
    <p><font size="3"><b>Name: <input type="text" name="nameText" id="nameText" size="46"></b></font></p>
    <p><font size="3"><b>Email: <input type="text" name="fromText" id="fromText" size="46"></b></font></p>
    <input type="hidden" name="subjectText" value="Web Mail">
    <p><font face="Arial" size="3"><b>Message Text:</b></font></p>
    <p><font face="Arial" size="3"><b><textarea rows="6" name="msgText" cols="60"></textarea></b></font></p>
    <p><font size="3"><b><input type="submit" value="Send" name="send" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold"></b></font></p>
    <input type="hidden" name="state" value="1">
  </form>
  <b><font face="Arial" size="4" color="#e00000"><?php echo($announce)?></font></b><br><br>

</font>
</td></tr>
</table> 
</div>


</body>
</html>

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nasirbest earned 250 total points
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it is better to delete $phone variable. as it is not being used at all

@davebaldwin
As per $phone variable, by default PHP will generate a warning about uninitialized variable and then use null value as $phone variable. which will not create any problem for mail.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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@nasirbest, you may be right.  Or his PHP may be setup differently.  I prefer to eliminate things that may be a problem.  I think my demo code is error free and I know it works on all the hosting that I know about, both Linux and Windows.

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by:RNB
ID: 35084817
@DaveBaldwin, I tried your email script and it said my email was sent and worked without any erros. However, the email did not show up in my email box.
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by:RNB
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I also took out the $phone variable and still the form runs and does not send the email to my inbox.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Ok, who is hosting your web site and what kind of web server are you running on?
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by:RNB
ID: 35086037
I have a (ve) server at mediatemple running linux with centOS and apache
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Looks like do-it-yourself hosting.  Do you have a SMTP mail server installed?  Sendmail or Postfix or ...?  Without a SMTP server, nothing gets sent.
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by:RNB
ID: 35089556
Do you recommend a way to check to see if i have it installed or how to get it installed?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I think you need to "Request Attention" and get some others to help with this from the Linux and CentOS zones.  I would have to fire up my server and look it and I don't have time right now.  Off to fix broken computers in a minute.
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by:nasirbest
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You have to check [mail function] settings from your php configuration file  /etc/php.ini and make sure thaat sendmail_path is valid

for example in my php.ini file I have

sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i

and can confirm this by issuing same command at shell like

/usr/sbin/sendmail emailToAddress@host.com [ENTER]
some text message [ENTER]
. [DOT][ENTER]

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