I am developing a site with Dreamweaver CS3 and have a little knowledge of HTML.
I need a solution for the following:
Visitors can come to my site through a referrer for ex: www.domain.com/?ref=cesar017
The referrer’s information (cesar017) should be prefilled automatically in a form field on another page than the index page. This means the visitor first can look around on the other pages of the site and then go to the page with the form. I don’t use a database at this moment, I only want a certain field automatically prefilled with the referrer’s info from the URL for ex : <input type= hidden -or text- name= partner id= partner value= ""/> In this case the field should have the value=”cesar017”
I understood this can be solved with Javascript or PHP and cookies, but I nearly don’t know anything about this and Dreamweaver has not automated this function.
Can somebody help me with this script (how, where * head - body section *…)
In advance thanks for your help

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You've come through to the php forum, so if you want a js solution, post it under the Javascript/DHTML/Ajax forum.

Else, php can do this in a couple of ways. You can propagate variables either through a DB, session variables or cookies.

The cookie method may be the most painless for newbies. You simply create a cookie value based on the url querystring.
The form then searches for the cookie and inserts the value a field.

Using a simple querystring for input data has its dangers. Anybody can change the querystring to anything they want, so you should have some validation / cleaning and verification before the value is accepted and placed into the form.

A php variable that could be used is $_SERVER to tell you which site sent the user to your index page. This can also be spoofed, so again, you'd need some verification/validation.

A confirm code could / should be added to querystrings, e.g. example.com/index.php?id=mysite&confirm=62y2hsus792jxmgviehms6278ip

THis can be created via the md5() function and should contain a 'salt' as well as a string that can be checked against the id value.


First of all my apologies for the delay in my replay (I have been unable to post these last months for personal reasons. Thanks for understanding).
This is the solution that is working and is the best one for my needs :

Add this anywhere before your HTML begins to start the cookie.
PHP Code:

  setcookie('referrer', $_GET['ref'], time()+3600);

cookie will remain on client-side for 1 hour. If you want to store the cookie for a longer period on client-side
time()+60*60*24*30 is seconds*minits*hours*days
if time is O or not mentioned, than the cookie will be canceled at the end of the session

Then use the cookie on your page with the form field :

<input type="text" name="referrer" value="<?php
  echo htmlspecialchars($_COOKIE['referrer']); ?>" />

Thanks to all the people that helped me.

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