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PHP Forms Sticky

Sticky inputs are auto-filling inputs after submitting

In previous examples, if user forgot to fill the email, an error message was shown. Also, all other inputs were cleared. Sticky inputs prevents this annoying mistake.

To do this, the form and handler should be on the same script. It is pretty easy to make our form sticky. We need to echo the submitted name and email as the value attribute of the input fields.

Sticky Input Fields



	$name = $email = '';

	if (empty($_POST['name'])) {
		$nameError = 'Name should be filled';
	} else {
		$name = trim(htmlspecialchars($_POST['name']));

	if (empty($_POST['email'])) {
		$emailError = 'Please add your email';
	} else {
		$email = trim(htmlspecialchars($_POST['name']));

	<title>PHP Forms</title>
	<style type="text/css">
		.error {

<form method="POST" action="">
	Name: <input type="text" name="name" value="<?php if (isset($name)) echo $name; ?>">
	<span class="error"><?php if (isset($nameError)) echo $nameError ?></span>

	Email: <input type="text" name="email" value="<?php if (isset($email)) echo $email; ?>">
	<span class="error"><?php if (isset($emailError)) echo $emailError ?></span>
	<input type="submit" name="submit">


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