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posting form to custom template results in 404

  • analogue40


    Hi all,

    I have a very strange problem, and I hope someone can help me out.

    I have created a very basic custom template, that contains a form, that is submtted back to the template.

    If I enter any data into the form fields then I get a 404 error back from wordpress.

    If I leave the form fields empty wordpress acepts the form (even if their are hidden fields).

    You can see for yourself here:


    submit the form without data and you’ll get a ‘form submitted okay message’, add anything to in the form field and it returns a 404.

    ANY help whatsoever appreciated, I have been trying to sort this for hours.

    PS form works fine when not part of wordpress, I have also tried other versions of wordpress (2.0), and also tried 2 different servers and the same thing happens.

    This is the code:

    <form action=”<?php echo $_SERVER[‘REQUEST_URI’]; ?>” method=”POST”>

    Name: <input type=”text” name=”name” value=””>
    <input type=”hidden” name=”foo” value=”bar”>

    <input type=”submit” value=”Submit”>
    else if ($_SERVER[‘REQUEST_METHOD’] == POST){
    echo “form submitted okay”;

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  • analogue40


    I haven’t solved this problem, but rather made a workaround based on another reply I found on these forums.

    Instead of creating a template and the creating a page in wordpress based on this template, I just added the following to the top of my file:

    /* Don’t remove this line. */

    and then just following this just create the page like it was a wordpress template.

    Then, to get pretty URLS I manually added the .htaccess entries to point to the file in my theme folder, for instance:

    RewriteRule admin$ /wp-content/themes/mytheme/my_custom_template.php [L]

    this sends anyone who goes to mysite.com/admin to mysite.com/wp-content/themes/mytheme/my_custom_template.php

    and it finally works.

    If anyone needs any help let me know.



    Me too… has anyone found a solution to this? I can’t see why it wouldn’t work.



    I had this exact same problem, and the solution I came across was annoyingly simple – don’t submit a form field called “name”: change

    <input type="text" name="name" value="">
    <input type="text" name="myName" value="">

    as soon as I did this, everything started working.


    wow!! you’re great, man!

    Cheers for posting the solution to this, just came across this problem again and came back on the off chance someone had replied to this post.

    I can’t beleive how much time I wasted last time looking for a solution to this, installed multiple version of wordpress and all sorts.


    Lots of wasted time here too, glad I found this post though. Thanks loads.

    Odd though, that a form with a name set to “name” would fail to parse. This has to be a WordPress cleanup issue, or a security “feature” perhaps? Did anyone investigate this?

    Awesome!! I was wrangling with this exact same issue. Changing the “name” field to something else fixed it.

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