The mgiDatabaseSubmit Tag

Tag Behavior

The mgiDatabaseSubmit tag adds records to a database from a form submission. This tag allows information to be added to a database without full administrative control of the database.

Tag Syntax

The mgiDatabaseSubmit tag has two required parameters and no optional parameters. The tag form is:

<mgiDatabaseSubmit databaseFileLocation="File Path"
tableName="Table Name">

Required Parameters:

  • databaseFileLocation="File Path" where "File Path" is the relative path to the database file where records are added.
  • tableName="Table Name" where "Table Name" is the name of the database table where records are added. The table name is case-sensitive.

Optional Parameters:

  • None.

Submitting Records:

  • To submit information to a database, create a form and name any form fields (e.g. text fields, text boxes, radio buttons, checkboxes, etc.) that will be submitted to the database with the following syntax:


The database field names are case-sensitive. You may choose to add any or all database fields with the form. The action of the form should be the name of the return page containing the mgiDatabaseSubmit tag and the method should be "post".
  • Submissions with Page Variables: On the return page (that contains the mgiDatabaseSubmit tag), you can use a page variable(s) to enter information in a database field. To submit information to a database field with a variable, enter a page variable in the HTML above the mgiDatabaseSubmit tag. Name the page variable with the syntax name="field=DatabaseFieldName". You can use multiple page variables to submit information to multiple database fields. Note: you cannot submit information to the database with a form field (post argument) AND a page variable with the same name. For example, to submit the current date to the "Creation Date" database field, enter the following page variable above the mgiDatabaseSubmit tag:
<mgiSet name="field=Creation Date">

Example Usage and Output

On the form page, each field is named with the name="field=DatabaseFieldName" syntax. In addition, the form action points to the page containing the mgiDatabaseSubmit tag (return.html).

<FORM ACTION="return.html" METHOD="POST">
<H3 ALIGN=CENTER>Request Information</H3>
First Name: <INPUT NAME="field=FirstName" TYPE="text" SIZE="30">
Last Name: <INPUT NAME="field="LastName" TYPE="text" SIZE="30">
Address: <INPUT NAME="field=Address" TYPE="text" SIZE="30">
Phone: <INPUT NAME="field=Phone" TYPE="text" SIZE="30">
Email: <INPUT NAME="field=EmailAddress" TYPE="text" SIZE="30">
How did you find us?
<INPUT TYPE="radio" VALUE="Direct" NAME="field=HowFound"></H3>
<INPUT TYPE="radio" VALUE="Link" NAME="field=HowFound"></H3>
<INPUT TYPE="radio" VALUE="Friend" NAME="field=HowFound"></H3>
<INPUT TYPE="radio" VALUE="BannerAd" NAME="field=HowFound"></H3>

The return.html page contains the mgiDatabaseSubmit tag:

<mgiDatabaseSubmit databaseFileLocation="Contact"

The mgiDatabaseSubmit tag in this example would add records to the "WebCustomers" table in the "Contact" database file.

Suggested Usage

  • Database Submissions

[Return to the Referencing MGI Menu]

[User Guide Main Menu] [Understanding MGI Menu] [Using MGI Menu] [Referencing MGI Menu]