PHP Email form that returns to previous page

Hi All,

I have created a email form using PHP that is called by a html file.
The form works great but it doesn't take the user back to the previous page once the email has been sent through.
Can some one help me do this?
Here is my code:

<?php
  $name = $_POST['name'];
  $visitor_email = $_POST['email'];
  $message = $_POST['message'];

  $email_from = 'info@mysite.com';
  $email_subject = "New Form submission";
  $email_body = "You have received a new message from the user $name.\n".
                            "Here is the message:\n $message";
                                         
  $to = 'info@mysite.com';
  $headers = "From: $email_from \r\n";
  $headers .= "Reply-To: $visitor_email \r\n";
  mail($to,$email_subject,$email_body,$headers);
                             
?>
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Ray PaseurCommented:
This illustrates the usual design of a form-to-email script.  Please read it over and post back if you have any questions.
<?php // RAY_form_to_email.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);


// SEND MAIL FROM A FORM


// REQUIRED VALUES ARE PREPOPULATED - CHANGE THESE FOR YOUR WORK
$from  = "NoReply@Your.org";
$subj  = "Contact Form";

// THIS IS AN ARRAY OF RECIPIENTS - CHANGE THESE FOR YOUR WORK
$to[]  = "You@Your.org";
$to[]  = "Her@Your.org";
$to[]  = "Him@Your.org";



// IF THE DATA HAS BEEN POSTED
if (!empty($_POST['email']))
{
    // CLEAN UP THE POTENTIALLY BAD AND DANGEROUS DATA
    $email      = clean_string($_POST["email"]);
    $name       = clean_string($_POST["name"]);
    $telephone  = clean_string($_POST["telephone"]);

    // CONSTRUCT THE MESSAGE THROUGH STRING CONCATENATION
    $content    = NULL;
    $content   .= "You have a New Query From $name" . PHP_EOL . PHP_EOL;
    $content   .= "Tel No: $telephone" . PHP_EOL;
    $content   .= "Email: $email" . PHP_EOL;

    // SEND MAIL TO EACH RECIPIENT
    foreach ($to as $recipient)
    {
        if (!mail( $recipient, $subj, $content, "From: $from\r\n"))
        {
            echo "MAIL FAILED FOR $recipient";
        }
        else
        {
            echo "MAIL WORKED FOR $recipient";
        }
    }
}


// A FORM TO TAKE CLIENT INPUT FOR THIS SCRIPT
$form = <<<ENDFORM
<form method="post">
Please enter your contact information
<br/>Email: <input name="email" />
<br/>Phone: <input name="telephone" />
<br/>Name:  <input name="name" />
<br/><input type="submit" />
</form>
ENDFORM;

echo $form;



// A FUNCTION TO CLEAN UP THE DATA - AVOID BECOMING AN OPEN-RELAY FOR SPAM
function clean_string($str)
{
    // IF MAGIC QUOTES IS ON, WE NEED TO REMOVE SLASHES
    $str = stripslashes($str);

    // REMOVE EXCESS WHITESPACE
    $rgx
    = '/'               // REGEX DELIMITER
    . '\s'              // MATCH THE WHITESPACE CHARACTER(S)
    . '\s+'             // MORE THAN ONE CONTIGUOUS INSTANCE OF WHITESPACE
    . '/'               // REGEX DELIMITER
    ;
    $str = preg_replace($rgx, ' ', $str);

    // REMOVE UNWANTED CHARACTERS
    $rgx
    = '/'               // REGEX DELIMITER
    . '['               // START OF A CHARACTER CLASS
    . '^'               // NEGATION - MATCH NONE OF THE CHARACTERS IN THIS CLASS
    . 'A-Z0-9&+:?_.- '  // CHARACTERS WE WANT TO KEEP
    . ']'               // END OF THE CHARACTER CLASS
    . '/'               // REGEX DELIMITER
    . 'i'               // CASE-INSENSITIVE
    ;
    $str = preg_replace($rgx, NULL, $str);

    return $str;
}

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d4durveshCommented:
  <?php
    $lastLink    = "<a href='" . $_SESSION['oldURL'] . "'>Back to Previous Page</a>";
    ?>

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above code may help you.....

check this,

http://forums.htmlhelp.com/index.php?showtopic=1090
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Here is my PHP email demo form.  Save it as 'Email.php' and put your own email address in $toText="youremail@yourdomain.com";   It POSTs to itself so it ends up on it's own page instead of another page.
<?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);
}
?>
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
 "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">

<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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youssefomarCommented:
You just need to add one line of code after calling mail function to redirect the browser to the original page.
mail($to,$email_subject,$email_body,$headers);
  header('Location: ' . $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] );
?>

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madstylexAuthor Commented:
I used this code to get back to the original page.

      $_REQUEST['return_url'] = '/index.html';
      header("Refresh: 3; URL=" . $_REQUEST['return_url']); // this will do the redirect
      $today = date('F j, Y \a\t g:iA');

But thanks for your comment, it is definitely thorough and will help me in the future.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Thanks for the points. The design pattern that puts the action script and the form script together into one script file is something that I have found very useful - it helps me keep things organized and all in one place.  Best of luck with it, ~Ray
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