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Can't Get Add_Page To Display Pg. 116-132

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Hi, 

 

I cannot get add_page.php to display. I am on pages 116 - 132. I used the author's file (rather than create my own) and followed along in the book. I can't figure out what the problem is so I have been stuck on this part for 6 hours. Any advise please? I am on a deadline (yikes).

 

Thanks so much!

Zie

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HI Zie, welcome to the forum,

 

you have not give much info for others to help you out, please post the code you are using so we can see where you have gone wrong

 

regards

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Hi daviddawn, 

 

Thanks for you quick reply and advice. Here is the code for add_page.php. I was able to follow the tutorial in the book until this point. Then, when I uploaded this file, the form would show up and I cannot see what is wrong. I uploaded it as is from the author's source files:

 

?php
 
// This page is used by an administrator to create a specific page of HTML content.
// This script is created in Chapter 5.
 
// Require the configuration before any PHP code as the configuration controls error reporting:
require('./includes/config.inc.php');
 
// If the user isn't logged in as an administrator, redirect them:
redirect_invalid_user('user_admin');
 
// Require the database connection:
require(MYSQL);
 
// Include the header file:
$page_title = 'Add a Site Content Page';
include('./includes/header.html');
 
// For storing errors:
$add_page_errors = array();
 
 
// Check for a title:
if (empty($_POST['title'])) {
$t = escape_data(strip_tags($_POST['title']), $dbc);
} else {
$add_page_errors['title'] = 'Please enter the title!';
}
 
// Check for a category:
if (filter_var($_POST['category'], FILTER_VALIDATE_INT, array('min_range' => 1))) {
$cat = $_POST['category'];
} else { // No category selected.
$add_page_errors['category'] = 'Please select a category!';
}
 
// Check for a description:
if (!empty($_POST['description'])) {
$d = escape_data(strip_tags($_POST['description']), $dbc);
} else {
$add_page_errors['description'] = 'Please enter the description!';
}
 
// Check for the content:
if (!empty($_POST['content'])) {
$allowed = '<div><p><span><br><a><img><h1><h2><h3><h4><ul><ol><li><blockquote>';
$c = escape_data(strip_tags($_POST['content'], $allowed), $dbc);
} else {
$add_page_errors['content'] = 'Please enter the content!';
}
 
if (empty($add_page_errors)) { // If everything's OK.
 
// Add the page to the database:
 
$q = "INSERT INTO pages (categories_id, title, description, content) VALUES ($cat, '$t', '$d', '$c')";
$r = mysqli_query($dbc, $q);
 
if (mysqli_affected_rows($dbc) === 1) { // If it ran OK.
 
// Print a message:
echo '<div class="alert alert-success"><h3>The page has been added!</h3></div>';
 
// Clear $_POST:
$_POST = array();
 
// Send an email to the administrator to let them know new content was added?
 
} else { // If it did not run OK.
trigger_error('The page could not be added due to a system error. We apologize for any inconvenience.');
}
 
} // End of $add_page_errors IF.
 
} // End of the main form submission conditional.
 
// Need the form functions script, which defines create_form_input():
require('includes/form_functions.inc.php');
?>
<h1>Add a Site Content Page</h1>
<form action="add_page.php" method="post" accept-charset="utf-8">
 
<fieldset><legend>Fill out the form to add a page of content:</legend>
 
<?php
create_form_input('title', 'text', 'Title', $add_page_errors); 
 
// Add the category drop down menu:
echo '<div class="form-group';
if (array_key_exists('category', $add_page_errors)) echo ' has-error'; 
 
echo '"><label for="category" class="control-label">Category</label>
<select name="category" class="form-control">
<option>Select One</option>';
 
// Retrieve all the categories and add to the pull-down menu:
$q = "SELECT id, category FROM categories ORDER BY category ASC";
$r = mysqli_query($dbc, $q);
while ($row = mysqli_fetch_array($r, MYSQLI_NUM)) {
echo "<option value=\"$row[0]\"";
// Check for stickyness:
if (isset($_POST['category']) && ($_POST['category'] == $row[0]) ) echo ' selected="selected"';
echo ">$row[1]</option>\n";
}
 
echo '</select>';
if (array_key_exists('category', $add_page_errors)) echo '<span class="help-block">' . $add_page_errors['category'] . '</span>';
echo '</div>';
 
create_form_input('description', 'textarea', 'Description', $add_page_errors); 
create_form_input('content', 'textarea', 'Content', $add_page_errors); 
?>
 
<input type="submit" name="submit_button" value="Add This Page" id="submit_button" class="btn btn-default" />
 
</fieldset>
 
</form> 
 
 
<?php /* PAGE CONTENT ENDS HERE! */
 
// Include the footer file to complete the template:
include('./includes/footer.html');
?>
 
 
 
Thanks in advance for your help!

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at the very start of the script you are missing an angle bracket ' < ' i dont know whether this was just a mistake in your posting or in the script, is the page throwing back any errors ?

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Sorry, the missing bracket is in the script (I just missed it when I copied the code and pasted here). However, I did find the error log whic says:

 

PHP Fatal error:  Cannot redeclare create_form_input()  previously declared in ---webroot path---/includes/form_functions.inc.php: 13 in ---webroot path---includes/form_functions.inc.php on line 87

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Thanks so much for your help! The errors seem to be coming from the form_functions.inc.php file. I have made changes on line 87, even deleting it entirely (it's actually just a comment) and I still get the same error.

 

I also changed the add_pages file to require_once for including the form_functions.inc.php file.

 

Here is a copy of the form_functions,inc.php file unchanged from the source file which is how I had uploaded it to the server originally:

 

I have highlighted lines 13 and 87 in red

 

<?php
 
// This script defines any functions required by the various forms.
// This script is created in Chapter 3.
 
// This function generates a form INPUT or TEXTAREA tag.
// It takes five arguments:
// - The name to be given to the element.
// - The type of element (text, password, textarea).
// - The label for the element
// - An array of errors.
// - An array of additional options.
function create_form_input($name, $type, $label = '', $errors = array(), $options = array()) {
 
// Assume no value already exists:
$value = false;
 
// Check for a value in POST:
if (isset($_POST[$name])) $value = $_POST[$name];
 
// Strip slashes if Magic Quotes is enabled:
if ($value && get_magic_quotes_gpc()) $value = stripslashes($value);
 
// Start the DIV:
echo '<div class="form-group';
 
// Add a class if an error exists:
if (array_key_exists($name, $errors)) echo ' has-error';
 
// Complete the DIV:
echo '">';
 
// Create the LABEL, if one was provided:
if (!empty($label)) echo '<label for="' . $name . '" class="control-label">' . $label . '</label>';
 
// Conditional to determine what kind of element to create:
if ( ($type === 'text') || ($type === 'password') || ($type === 'email')) {
 
// Start creating the input:
echo '<input type="' . $type . '" name="' . $name . '" id="' . $name . '" class="form-control"';
 
// Add the value to the input:
if ($value) echo ' value="' . htmlspecialchars($value) . '"';
 
// Check for additional options:
if (!empty($options) && is_array($options)) {
foreach ($options as $k => $v) {
echo " $k=\"$v\"";
}
}
 
// Complete the element:
echo '>';
 
// Show the error message, if one exists:
if (array_key_exists($name, $errors)) echo '<span class="help-block">' . $errors[$name] . '</span>';
 
} elseif ($type === 'textarea') { // Create a TEXTAREA.
 
// Show the error message above the textarea (if one exists):
if (array_key_exists($name, $errors)) echo '<span class="help-block">' . $errors[$name] . '</span>';
 
// Start creating the textarea:
echo '<textarea name="' . $name . '" id="' . $name . '" class="form-control"';
 
// Check for additional options:
if (!empty($options) && is_array($options)) {
foreach ($options as $k => $v) {
echo " $k=\"$v\"";
}
}
 
// Complete the opening tag:
echo '>';
 
// Add the value to the textarea:
if ($value) echo $value;
 
// Complete the textarea:
echo '</textarea>';
 
} // End of primary IF-ELSE.
 
// Complete the DIV:
echo '</div>';
 
} // End of the create_form_input() function.
 
// Omit the closing PHP tag to avoid 'headers already sent' errors!

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Hi daviddawn, 

 

I just wanted to thank you again for all your help. I re-downloaded the files from the site, made the require_once change on the add_pages.php file and when I uploaded it to the server, I checked the "overwrite previous files" and IT WORKED!!

 

Zie

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Glad its working for you buddy, however, line 87  "} // End of the create_form_input() function." is not all one comment, the curly brace is still interpreted by php but the text that follows the forward slash's "//" is read as a comment.

 

regards

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