URL in Database not a Hyperlink

I have an input form where user can insert any kind of text.  It's then stored in the database.  If they user posts a link it's stored as text.  The page that the link is then displayed on is also just text.  

How do I automatically have it show as a hyperlink the user can then click?  

It's on a .php page using php and mysqli.
LVL 12
Nathan RileyFounderAsked:
Who is Participating?
GaryConnect With a Mentor Commented:
function toAnchorLink($text) {
	return preg_replace('@(https?://([-\w\.]+)+(:\d+)?(/([\w/_\.-]*(\?\S+)?)?)?)@', '<a href="$1">$1</a>', $text);

echo toAnchorLink("some text http://www.google.com more text");

Open in new window

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.