Vertika Vertika - 3 months ago 7
PHP Question

PHP file is not retrieving values from HTML website

My PHP file is not passing values from the website to my email.

Form code block in index.html:

<!--Contact Form-->

<form id="contact" action="mail.php" method="post" enctype="text/plain">

<input name="name" placeholder="Your name" type="text" tabindex="1" required autofocus>

<input name="email" placeholder="Your Email Address" type="email" tabindex="2" required>

<input name="contact" placeholder="Your Phone Number" type="tel" tabindex="3" required>

<textarea name="message" placeholder="Your Message...." tabindex="4" required></textarea><br>

<input id="submit" name="submit" type="submit" value="Submit"/>
<input id="reset" name="reset" type="reset" value="Reset">


#contact input[type="text"],
#contact input[type="email"],
#contact input[type="tel"],
#contact textarea {
box-shadow:inset 0 1px 2px #DDD, 0 1px 0 #FFF;
-webkit-box-shadow:inset 0 1px 2px #DDD, 0 1px 0 #FFF;
-moz-box-shadow:inset 0 1px 2px #DDD, 0 1px 0 #FFF;
border:1px solid #CCC;
padding:10px 10px;
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
fieldset {
#contact button [type="submit"],
#contact button [type="reset"]

PHP file:

//collect data
$name = $_POST['name'];//Your Name
$email = $_POST['email'];//Email ID
$contact = $_POST['contact'];//Contact number
$message = $_POST['message'];//Message

//declare data
$to = "";//Recipient Email ID
$subject = "Message from";//Inbox Subject
$body = "Message from-\n Name: $name\n Email: $email\n Contact: $contact\n Message: $message";
mail($to,$subject,$body);//Mail sent

echo "<div align='center' style ='font:30px Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; color:blue'>Thank you for your message. I will be in touch with you very soon!</div>";//Thank you Screen

Output I am getting on my mail:

'Message from-





[Not getting values of the variables submitted on my website '']

I tried:

  • $body = "From: ($_POST['name'])\n Email: ($_POST['email'])\n Contact: ($_POST['contact'])\n $message = ($_POST['message'])";

  • $body = ("From:" .$name "\nEmail:" .$email "\nContact:" .$contact "\nMessage:" .message);

Do I have to use PHPMailer or can I send mail without that?


Simple; remove enctype="text/plain" from your form tags; it isn't a valid enctype when using POST arrays.

Plus, I didn't see a closing </form> tag in your code, so make sure it is in fact present.

You should also use proper headers, otherwise your code may be mistaken for spam without a valid From: email address.

It's also advisable that you check for any empty inputs, should someone not be using an HTML5 compatible browser; it can happen.

Do I have to use PhpMailer or I can send mails without that?

Even if you were to use PHPMailer or any other mailer, you would still have to remove the enctype from your form.