I have removed all other code trying to find my error. The code below will echo the passed value/variable in the php portion of the code only in line 2 which verifies that the variable is being passed. The textbox in the html portion renmains blank and does not populate. Probably something simple that I am missing, but going crazy trying to find the error. Please tell me what I have done wrong?
echo $new_customer . $_POST['search'];
<input type="text" name="customer_name" value="<?php echo $new_customer; ?>" id="customer_name">
you need value for $new_customer.
<?php $new_customer = $_POST[search]; ?>
Unless you assign value to $new_customer you can't print it in html.