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Forms can be sent using one of two methods; ‘get’ or ‘post’.

With the ‘get’ method, values are added to the end of the specified action URL.

This methods is ideal for searches, or for retrieving data from a server (as opposed to sending data that will be stored in a database).

With the ‘post’ method, values are sent in what are known as ‘HTTP headers’. As a rule of thumb, use the ‘post’ method when;

  • users are uploading a file.
  • the data will be very long
  • the data is sensitive (ie. contains passwords)
  • The data is intended to alter or access a database on the server.