Hi. I just started to learn about PHP and MySQL and I've recently been trying to code my own guestbook from this tutorial "http://www.phpeasystep.com/workshopview.php?id=15".

The tutorial's actually been going fine until I hit this problem that a newbie like can't fix... If you go onto the guestbook here and try to submit text in the fields, you'll notice that if you view the guestbook afterwards, then no text will have been submitted. What's weird is that but the datetime and ID have been submitted...

Not a clue why that's happening...

Anyway, what I've done is that I ran this sql query from the tutorial on sqlbuddy
and exported it using this http://mysqlexport.zymichost.com/

Code:
CREATE TABLE `guestbook` (
`id` int(4) NOT NULL auto_increment,
`name` varchar(65) NOT NULL default '',
`email` varchar(65) NOT NULL default '',
`comment` longtext NOT NULL,
`datetime` varchar(65) NOT NULL default '',
PRIMARY KEY (`id`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1 AUTO_INCREMENT=1 ;
I then loaded the .sql file onto my site using Filezilla.

After that I made the php files.

guestbook.php
Code:
<table width="400" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0">
<tr>
<td><strong>Test Sign Guestbook </strong></td>
</tr>
</table>
<table width="400" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" bgcolor="#CCCCCC">
<tr>
<form id="form1" name="form1" method="post" action="addguestbook.php">
<td>
<table width="400" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<tr>
<td width="117">Name</td>
<td width="14">:</td>
<td width="357"><input name="name" type="text" id="name" size="40" /></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Email</td>
<td>:</td>
<td><input name="email" type="text" id="email" size="40" /></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top">Comment</td>
<td valign="top">:</td>
<td><textarea name="comment" cols="40" rows="3" id="comment"></textarea></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>&nbsp;</td>
<td>&nbsp;</td>
<td><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Submit" /> <input type="reset" name="Submit2" value="Reset" /></td>
</tr>
</table>
</td>
</form>
</tr>
</table>
<table width="400" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0">
<tr>
<td><strong><a href="viewguestbook.php">View Guestbook</a> </strong></td>
</tr>
</table>
addguestbook.php
Code:
<?php
$host="localhost"; // Host name 
$username=""; // Mysql username 
$password=""; // Mysql password 
$db_name="test"; // Database name 
$tbl_name="guestbook"; // Table name 

// Connect to server and select database.
mysql_connect("$host", "$username", "$password")or die("cannot connect server "); 
mysql_select_db("$db_name")or die("cannot select DB");

$datetime=date("y-m-d h:i:s"); //date time

$sql="INSERT INTO $tbl_name(name, email, comment, datetime)VALUES('$name', '$email', '$comment', '$datetime')";
$result=mysql_query($sql);

//check if query successful 
if($result){
echo "Successful";
echo "<BR>";

// link to view guestbook page
echo "<a href='viewguestbook.php'>View guestbook</a>";
}

else {
echo "ERROR";
}
mysql_close();
?>
And viewguestbook.php

Code:
<table width="400" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0">
<tr>
<td><strong>View Guestbook | <a href="guestbook.php">Sign Guestbook</a> </strong></td>
</tr>
</table>
<br>

<?php

$host="localhost"; // Host name 
$username=""; // Mysql username 
$password=""; // Mysql password 
$db_name="test"; // Database name 
$tbl_name="guestbook"; // Table name 

// Connect to server and select database.
mysql_connect("$host", "$username", "$password")or die("cannot connect server "); 
mysql_select_db("$db_name")or die("cannot select DB");
$sql="SELECT * FROM $tbl_name";
$result=mysql_query($sql);
while($rows=mysql_fetch_array($result)){
?>

<table width="400" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" bgcolor="#CCCCCC">
<tr>
<td><table width="400" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<tr>
<td>ID</td>
<td>:</td>
<td><? echo $rows['id']; ?></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td width="117">Name</td>
<td width="14">:</td>
<td width="357"><? echo $rows['name']; ?></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Email</td>
<td>:</td>
<td><? echo $rows['email']; ?></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top">Comment</td>
<td valign="top">:</td>
<td><? echo $rows['comment']; ?></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top">Date/Time </td>
<td valign="top">:</td>
<td><? echo $rows['datetime']; ?></td>
</tr>
</table></td>
</tr>
</table>

<?php
}
mysql_close(); //close database
?>
Is it something that I've done wrong or has the tutorial author made a mistake somewhere?

Any help or advice will be much appreciated.

Thank you in advance