i am using this code to send pm, after i send a pm it says "You have successfully sent a private message!" and the boxes under for user to send again if they like but i would like to show only "You have successfully sent a private message!" if the message goes through and nothing else
can you help?

<?php
session_start();
$user = $_SESSION['username'];
    
    include 'db.php';
    
    //This checks to see if a user is logged in or not by seeing if the sessioned username varialble exists.
	//You could change this check to however you want to validate your members, this is just how I did it.
    if(!$user)
        {
        echo "<br><p>Blah blah you arent logged in and stuff, you should do that or something</p><br>";
        }
        
    else
        {
        //Query the database to see how many messages the logged in user has, then do a little math
		//Find the percentage that your inbox is full (message count divided by 50)
		//50 messages maximum, you can change that
		$sql = mysql_query ("SELECT pm_count FROM users WHERE username='$user'");
		$row = mysql_fetch_array ($sql);
		$pm_count = $row['pm_count'];
		
		//This is the math to figure out the percentage.
		//The message could divided by 50 then multiplied by 100 so we dont have a number less than 1
		$percent = $pm_count/'50';
		$percent = $percent * '100';
        ?>
        <br>
        <center>
        <b><p><a href="inbox.php">Inbox</a> | <a href="compose.php">Compose</a> | <a href="sent.php">Sentbox</a></b>
        <b><p><?php echo "$pm_count"." of 50 Total  |  "."$percent"."% full"; ?></p></b>
        </center>
        <br>
        <?php
        //So here we get the variable submitted through the form to this page
        $reciever = $_POST['username'];
        $subject = $_POST['subject'];
        $message = $_POST['message'];
        $error = '0';
        
        //If they are all blank we jsut say to compose a message
        if(!$reciever AND !$subject AND !$message)
            {
            ?>
            <p><b>Please compose a message.</b></p>
            <br>
            <?php
            }
        
        //Since this form was partially filled out we need to return an error message
        else
            {
            if (!$reciever)
                {
                $error = 'You must enter a reciever to your message';
                }
            
            if (!$subject)
                {
                $error = 'You must enter a subject';
                }
            
            if (!$message)
                {
                $error = 'You must enter a message';
                }
            
            //If the variable error is not set to zero, we have a problem and should show the error message
            if($error != '0')
                {
                echo "<p>$error</p><br>";
                }
            
            //There are no errors so far which means the form is completely filled out    
            else
                {
                //Are the trying to send a message to a real user or to something they just made up?
                $user_check = mysql_query("SELECT username FROM users WHERE username='$reciever'");
                $user_check = mysql_num_rows($user_check);
                
                //The user is real and not made up if this is true
                if($user_check > '0')
                    {
                    //There might already be a sessioned time variable, if so we need to get it for the flood check
                    $time = $_SESSION['time'];
                    
                    //If there is a time variable already, set it to the varialbe $old_time
                    if($time > '0')
                        {
                        $old_time = $time;
                        }
                    
                    //Here we get the minutes and seconds on the server time using the date function, and set that to the $time variable
                    //Now we find the difference between this time ($time) and the time that the page was submitted ($old_time)
                    $time = date('is');
                    $difference = $time - $old_time;
                    
                    $_SESSION['time'] = $time;
                    
                    //If the two times have a difference greater or equal to 15, which is 15 seconds, they can submit the message, this is for flood protection
                    if($difference >= '15')
                        {
                        //Get their private message count
                        $sql = mysql_query ("SELECT pm_count FROM users WHERE username='$reciever'");
                        $row = mysql_fetch_array ($sql);
                        $pm_count = $row['pm_count'];
                        
                        //You cant have more than 50 private messages, if they try sending a message to a user with a full inbox return an error message
                        if(pm_count == '50')
                            {
                            $error = 'The user you are trying to send a message to has 50 private messages, sorry but we cant send your message untill that user deletes some of their messages.';
                            }
                            
                        else
                            {    
                            //And now we stick the message in the database with all the correct information
                            mysql_query("INSERT INTO messages (reciever, sender, subject, message) VALUES('$reciever', '$user', '$subject', '$message')") or die (mysql_error());
							//Add 1 to the pm count, update the reciever with the new pm count
							$pm_count++;
							mysql_query("UPDATE users SET pm_count='$pm_count' WHERE username='$reciever'");
                            }
                            
                        //Let the user know everything went ok.
                        echo "<p><b>You have successfully sent a private message!</b></p><br>";
                        }
                    
                    //Since they are trying to send messages faster than every 15 seconds, give them an error message    
                    else
                        {
                        $error = 'You must wait 15 seconds before sending another private message';
                        }
                    }
                
                //If they mis spelled or, made up a username, then give an error message telling them its wrong.
                else
                    {
                    $error = 'That username does not exist, please try again. Remember to check your spelling, and don\'t make stuff up at random.';
                    }
                }
            }
            
        //Since we may have set the error variable to something while trying to send the messae, we need another error check
        if($error != '0')
            {
            echo "<p>$error</p><br>";
            }
            
        else
            {
            //Here's the form for the input
            ?>
            <form name="send" method="post" action="compose.php">
            <table width="80%">
              <tr>
                <td width="150px" align="left" valign="top"><p>Username</p></td>
                <td width="" align="left" valign="top"><input name="username" type="text" id="username" value="<?php echo "$reciever"; ?>"></td>
              </tr>
              
              <tr>
                <td width="150px" align="left" valign="top"><p>Subject</p></td>
                <td width="" align="left" valign="top"><input name="subject" type="text" id="subject" value="<?php echo "$subject"; ?>"></td>
              </tr>
              
              <tr>
                <td width="150px" align="left" valign="top"><p>Message Body</p></td>
                <td width="" align="left" valign="top"><textarea name="message" type="text" id="message" value="" cols="50" rows="10"></textarea></td>
              </tr>
                  
              <tr>  
                <td></td>
                <td><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Send Message"></td>
              </tr>
            </table>
            </center>
            </form>
            <?php
            }
        }    
    ?>

Try changing your else statement that shows the form to this

else
            {
if(!isset($_POST['submit'])){
            //Here's the form for the input
            ?>
            <form name="send" method="post" action="compose.php">
            <table width="80%">
              <tr>
                <td width="150px" align="left" valign="top"><p>Username</p></td>
                <td width="" align="left" valign="top"><input name="username" type="text" id="username" value="<?php echo "$reciever"; ?>"></td>
              </tr>
              
              <tr>
                <td width="150px" align="left" valign="top"><p>Subject</p></td>
                <td width="" align="left" valign="top"><input name="subject" type="text" id="subject" value="<?php echo "$subject"; ?>"></td>
              </tr>
              
              <tr>
                <td width="150px" align="left" valign="top"><p>Message Body</p></td>
                <td width="" align="left" valign="top"><textarea name="message" type="text" id="message" value="" cols="50" rows="10"></textarea></td>
              </tr>
                  
              <tr>  
                <td></td>
                <td><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Send Message"></td>
              </tr>
            </table>
            </center>
            </form>
            <?php
}
            }
        }    
    ?>

i am very very sorry but i think i did not get the code right in the first post,
in that area it look like this

//Since we may have set the error variable to something while trying to send the messae, we need another error check
        if($error != '0')
            {
            echo "<p>$error</p><br>";
            }
            
        else
            {
			//For the reply button on viewmsg.php
			$reciever = $_POST['sender'];
			$subject = $_POST['subject'];
			
			if ($sender != NULL && $subject != NULL)
				{
				$subject = "Re: "."$subject";
				}
				
            //Here's the form for the input
            ?>
            <form name="send" method="post" action="compose.php">

Just add the

if(!isset($_POST['submit']) && !isset($error)){

code before the form is displayed and see if that works

when i have it like this

else
            {
            //For the reply button on viewmsg.php
            $reciever = $_POST['sender'];
            $subject = $_POST['subject'];

            if ($sender != NULL && $subject != NULL)
                {
                $subject = "Re: "."$subject";
                }

           if(!isset($_POST['submit']) && !isset($error)){
 //Here's the form for the input
            ?>
          <form name="send" method="post" action="compose.php">

i get this

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in /myserverinfo......./compose.php on line 195

Edited 3 Years Ago by mike_2000_17: Fixed formatting

If you go back to the origional code you posted, a quick fix would be to quit program execution after outputting that message. So you could change that section to:

//Let the user know everything went ok.
                        echo "<p><b>You have successfully sent a private message!</b></p><br>";
die();

This is not a great solution, however; if you want to do anything else on the page it simply wont happen if your program gets to this point. Also, it is just considered bad practice to kill your program abruptly rather than using control statements. That said, I only suggest this to avoid diving deeper into your code. Have you learned much PHP? You should really go through a good thorough tutorial before working with advanced things like this.

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