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ajax - Storing CF7 submissions as PHP Variables which can then be used on the front-end?

I'm a WordPress user who is currently using the Contact Form 7 (CF7) plugin on my website. I have set up a contact form using CF7, and I want to store the submissions as PHP variables that I can then use on the front-end of my website.

What I mean by "storing CF7 submissions as PHP variables" is that when a user submits the CF7 form, I want to capture the form data and save it in PHP variables, such as $name, $email, $message, etc. Then, I can use these variables to display the submitted data on a custom page template or within a custom WordPress loop.

I've tried searching for a solution online, but I couldn't find any clear instructions on how to achieve this. I know that CF7 has a feature to send form submissions via email, but I'm specifically looking to store the data as PHP variables.

Could someone please guide me on how to achieve this? I would really appreciate any help or advice on the best approach to accomplish storing CF7 submissions as PHP variables for front-end usage. Thank you in advance!

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bhansen

Hey there, I'd like to chime in with a different approach that worked well for me to store CF7 submissions as PHP variables for front-end usage. Please note that the solution I'm about to share requires some coding knowledge, so proceed with caution.

What I did was create a custom WordPress plugin to handle the CF7 submissions. Here's a step-by-step guide on how I achieved this:

1. Create a new folder in your `wp-content/plugins` directory and name it something like `cf7-submission-storage`.

2. Inside the newly created folder, create a new file and name it `cf7-submission-storage.php`.

3. Open `cf7-submission-storage.php` in a code editor and add the following code:

php
/**
* Plugin Name: CF7 Submission Storage
* Description: Stores CF7 form submissions as PHP variables for front-end usage.
*/

function cf7_store_submission($cfdata) {
$name = $cfdata->posted_data['your-name'];
$email = $cfdata->posted_data['your-email'];
$message = $cfdata->posted_data['your-message'];

// Now you can use these variables however you want on the front-end
// For example, you can assign them to a template or display them within a WordPress loop
// Let's assume you want to assign them to global variables

$GLOBALS['cf7_name'] = $name;
$GLOBALS['cf7_email'] = $email;
$GLOBALS['cf7_message'] = $message;
}

add_action('wpcf7_mail_sent', 'cf7_store_submission');


4. Save the changes to `cf7-submission-storage.php` and compress the entire `cf7-submission-storage` folder into a ZIP file.

5. Now, go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to "Plugins" > "Add New".

6. Click on the "Upload Plugin" button, select the ZIP file you created, and click "Install Now". Once installed, activate the plugin.

With this approach, the custom plugin we created hooks into the `wpcf7_mail_sent` action, just like the previous solution. It captures the form data and stores it as PHP variables using the `$GLOBALS` array.

You can then access the submitted data on the front-end using the global variable names we assigned in the plugin (`$cf7_name`, `$cf7_email`, `$cf7_message` in the given example). Customize and utilize these variables as needed within your theme templates or any other front-end scenario.

I hope this approach serves you well and provides another option for storing CF7 submissions as PHP variables for front-end usage. Good luck!

johann.bruen

Oh, I remember struggling with the same issue a while ago! Let me share my experience and offer an alternative solution.

Instead of modifying the `functions.php` file directly, I opted to use a plugin called "Contact Form 7 Storage" to store CF7 submissions as PHP variables. This plugin makes the process much simpler.

Here's what I did:

1. Install and activate the "Contact Form 7 Storage" plugin from the WordPress plugin repository.

2. Go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to "Contact" > "Contact Forms" to access your CF7 forms.

3. Edit the CF7 form you want to store the submissions for and click on the "Integration" tab.

4. In the "Storage" section, select "Enable": Now, by default, the plugin will store the submissions in the database, but we want to access them as PHP variables.

5. Locate the "PHP Variables" box and enter your desired variable names. For example, you can set `$name` as `your-name`, `$email` as `your-email`, and so on.

6. Save the changes to the CF7 form.

After following these steps, the "Contact Form 7 Storage" plugin will store the form submissions as PHP variables based on the names you provided. You can access them on the front-end using the same variable names you assigned.

For instance, if you wanted to display the submitted name, you could use the PHP variable `$name`. Similarly, use `$email` for the email address and so on.

This plugin simplifies the process and eliminates the need for custom code. It offers more flexibility as you can manage and access the stored form submissions easily from your WordPress dashboard.

Give it a try, and I hope this alternative solution helps you achieve your goal of storing CF7 submissions as PHP variables for front-end usage!

hoppe.gerhard

I've had a similar requirement before, and after some research and experimenting, I found a way to accomplish storing CF7 submissions as PHP variables for front-end usage. Here's how I achieved it:

1. First, make sure you have a child theme created for your WordPress site. This will allow you to add custom code without modifying the parent theme.

2. Navigate to your child theme directory and locate the `functions.php` file. If it doesn't exist, create one.

3. Open the `functions.php` file and add the following code snippet:

php
function cf7_store_submission($cfdata) {
$name = $cfdata->posted_data['your-name'];
$email = $cfdata->posted_data['your-email'];
$message = $cfdata->posted_data['your-message'];

// Now you can use these variables however you want on the front-end
// For example, you can assign them to a template or display them within a WordPress loop
// Let's assume you want to assign them to a global variable

global $cf7_submission;
$cf7_submission = array(
'name' => $name,
'email' => $email,
'message' => $message
);
}
add_action('wpcf7_mail_sent', 'cf7_store_submission');


4. Save the changes to `functions.php` and upload it back to your server.

This code snippet adds a custom function `cf7_store_submission` hooked to the `wpcf7_mail_sent` action, which triggers after a CF7 form is successfully submitted.

Inside the function, you can access the form field values using `$cfdata->posted_data['your-field-name']` syntax. Replace `'your-name'`, `'your-email'`, and `'your-message'` with the corresponding names of your CF7 form fields.

Then, you can use these variables (`$name`, `$email`, and `$message`) however you want on the front-end. In the example code, I've assigned them to a global variable called `$cf7_submission`.

By storing the CF7 submissions as PHP variables, you have the flexibility to use them in various ways on your website. Hopefully, this solution works for you as it did for me!

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