Help inserting web address link from record

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Last Post: July 12, 2008   (RSS)

By gkornbluth - July 5, 2008

I’m having a small challenge inserting a web address from a record on to a web page.

The record has a field for the URL called ”web_site”

the code on my web page looks like this:

<a href="<?php echo $record['web_site'] ?>"><?php echo $record['web_site'] ?></a>

If the field includes an http:// as part of the URL then all is well, and the link on the page points to the correct web address.

However, if the URL in the field does not start with http:// and instead starts with either www.theirsite.com or is just theirsite.com, then the link on the page points to http://myipaddress/www.theirsite.com or http://myipaddress/theirsite.com.

Any ideas how to fix this? (I can’t depend on the data entry people to always enter the data to include the http://)

Thanks

Jerry Kornbluth
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Re: [gkornbluth] Help inserting web address link from record

By Jake - July 6, 2008

Hi Jerry,

Try using this code to get around this problem:

<?php

if (preg_match('^/http:\/\/', $record['web_site'])) {

echo "<a href=\"$record['web_site']\">$record['web_site']</a>";

} else {

echo "<a href=\"http://$record['web_site']\">http://$record['web_site']</a>";

}
?>


Basically, what that's doing is checking for the presence of "http://" at the start of the text in this field. If it isn't found it's added in, otherwise the data is displayed as is.

Let us know how that works out for you. [:)]
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Re: [Jake] Help inserting web address link from record

By gkornbluth - July 7, 2008

I know that I'm just beggining in this but I assume that you mean replace the code <a class="alphabet" href="<?php echo $record['web_site'] ?>"><?php echo $record['web_site'] ?></a>

with the suggested code.

<?php

if (preg_match('^/http:\/\/', $record['web_site'])) {

echo "<a href=\"$record['web_site']\">$record['web_site']</a>";

} else {

echo "<a href=\"http://$record['web_site']\">http://$record['web_site']</a>";

}
?>

But when I insert the code and upload it, I get a completely blank white page in my browser. Remove the code and I get the original page to show again.

There must be something simple that I'm doing wrong, but I have no idea what it is.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Jerry
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Re: [gkornbluth] Help inserting web address link from record

By Jake - July 7, 2008

Hi Jerry,

Try using this code instead and let us know how it works out:

<?php
// add http to website url if not there
if (!preg_match("/^http:\/\//", $record['web_site'])) {
$record['web_site'] = "http://" . $record['web_site'];
}
?>

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Re: [Jake] Help inserting web address link from record

By gkornbluth - July 7, 2008

Jake,
Thanks for looking at this. It seems that you're getting closer.

Now the site pulls up an http:// when it's not there in the database and displays it on the page.

As you can see at:

http://98.130.249.212/artists6.php

One problem, however.

The links all lead back to the originating page and the rendered html on the page looks like this:

<a href="">http://csite.com</a>

The php code in the page looks like this:

<a href="<?php
// add http to website url if not there
if (!preg_match("/^http:\/\//", $record['web_site'])) {
$record['web_site'] = "http://" . $record['web_site'];
}
?>"><?php echo $record['web_site'] ?></a>
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Re: [gkornbluth] Help inserting web address link from record

By Jake - July 7, 2008

Hi Jerry,

I took a look at your page here, but all of the links were working:

http://98.130.249.212/artists6.php

Would it be possible for you to add in a record that creates this problem so that I can take a look at it for you?
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Re: [gkornbluth] Help inserting web address link from record

By Jake - July 8, 2008

Hi Jerry,

No problem - I'm just glad you got everything working. [:)]
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Re: [Jake] Help inserting web address link from record

By gkornbluth - July 8, 2008

Now if I could only get the search functions working, I'd really be a happy CMSB user.

http://www.interactivetools.com/iforum/P63551#63551
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Re: [gkornbluth] Help inserting web address link from record

By Jake - July 8, 2008

Hi Jerry,

No problem - I did get your message and I'm reviewing that right now, so you should hear from me shortly. [:)]
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