[Resolved] A “403-Forbidden Error” occurs after clicking on Form Submit-Button

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    Wordpress: v5.4.2
    GeneratePress Premium: v1.10.0
    Using the GP-Premium SiteLibrary-MELLOW (modified by me)

    My online site’s several pages are, so far, displaying fine. However, this is the FIRST time I am trying any INSERTS to my custom WordPress table.

    A 403-Forbidden error occurs after clicking on Submit-Button on my local laptop development server, using ServerPress-DesktopServer (that I noramlly migrate to live my website).

    -I have SUBMIT FORM code that displays on a section of my Home Page. I have created a PLUGIN that INSERTS the Form Input HTML, via a “wordpress” shortcode in the Home Page HTML.

    This looks fine on the website.

    I have tested my WordPress Database by manually INSERTING into my “form_signup” table… it works great.

    However, When I click on the HTML Submit Button, I get the 403-Forbidden error (regardless of any php processing code that I comment out).

    -I have changed ALL Database & WordPress folder files PERMISSIONS to “Everyone”.
    -I have SET my WordPress & MySQL database PERMISSIONs to EVERYONE with Read/Write access.
    -I have RECREATED the .htaccess file.

    The above error still displays !!!

    I think somewhere I am not SETTING the WordPress security/permission to allow a USER to Insert into my form table?????

    Please Help.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>> 403 Error after CLICKING Submit Button: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    You don’t have permission to access /< on this server.
    Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

    Apache/2.4.37 (Win32) OpenSSL/1.1.1a PHP/7.3.1 Server at http://www.cucme123.dev.cc Port 80

    ====== My Home Page includes the following code to display the Signup Form ============================================


    >>>> BEGIN >>>>> My plugin code >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Plugin Name: cucme_contact_form

    Description: Global functions
    Version: 0.1.0
    Author: MEH


    /* Web Security to thwart unatuthorized entrance */
    defined( ‘ABSPATH’ ) or die( “Hey you can\’t access this file silly !” );

    echo ‘<script language=”javascript”>’;
    echo ‘alert(“inside TOP cucme_contact_form.php”)’;
    echo ‘</script>’;

    $not_human = “Human verification incorrect.”;

    //response generation function

    $response = “”;

    //function to generate response
    function my_contact_form_generate_response($type, $message){

    global $response;

    if($type == “success”) $response = “


    else $response = “



    //response messages
    $not_human = “Human verification incorrect.”;
    $missing_content = “Please supply all information.”;
    $email_invalid = “Email Address Invalid.”;
    $message_unsent = “Message was not sent. Try Again.”;
    $message_sent = “Thanks! Your message has been sent.”;

    //user posted variables
    $email = (isset($_POST[’email’]) ? $_POST[’email’] : ”);
    $name = (isset($_POST[‘name’]) ? $_POST[‘name’] : ”);
    $gender = (isset($_POST[‘gender’]) ? $_POST[‘gender’] : ”);
    $age = (isset($_POST[‘age’]) ? $_POST[‘age’] : ”);
    $city = (isset($_POST[‘city’]) ? $_POST[‘city’] : ”);
    $state = (isset($_POST[‘state’]) ? $_POST[‘state’] : ”);
    $country = (isset($_POST[‘country’]) ? $_POST[‘country’] : ”);
    $personality = (isset($_POST[‘personality’]) ? $_POST[‘personality’] : ”);

    // >>>>> debug >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    $signup_form_input = ‘\$email: ‘ . $email
    . ‘\n\$name: ‘ . $name
    . ‘\n\$gender: ‘ . $gender
    . ‘\n\$age: ‘ . $age

    echo ‘<script language=”javascript”>’;
    //echo “alert(‘\$not_human: $not_human’)”;
    echo “alert(‘$signup_form_input’)”;
    echo ‘</script>’;
    // <<<<< debug <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    $human = (isset($_POST[‘human’]) ? $_POST[‘human’] : ”);
    $submitted = (isset($_POST[‘submitted’]) ? $_POST[‘submitted’] : ”);

    //php mailer variables
    $to = get_option(‘admin_email’);
    $subject = “Someone sent a message from “.get_bloginfo(‘name’);
    $headers = ‘From: ‘. $email . “\r\n” .
    ‘Reply-To: ‘ . $email . “\r\n”;

    if(!$human == 0){
    if($human != 2) my_contact_form_generate_response(“error”, $not_human); //not human!
    else {

    //validate email
    if(!filter_var($email, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL))
    my_contact_form_generate_response(“error”, $email_invalid);
    else //email is valid
    //validate presence of name and message
    if(empty($name) || empty($message)){
    my_contact_form_generate_response(“error”, $missing_content);
    else //ready to go!
    $sent = wp_mail($to, $subject, strip_tags($message), $headers);
    if($sent) my_contact_form_generate_response(“success”, $message_sent); //message sent!
    else my_contact_form_generate_response(“error”, $message_unsent); //message wasn’t sent
    else if ($_POST[‘submitted’]) my_contact_form_generate_response(“error”, $missing_content);

    function cucme_contact_form() {
    $content = ‘
    <style type=”text/css”>
    padding: 5px 9px;
    border: 1px solid red;
    color: red;
    border-radius: 3px;

    padding: 5px 9px;
    border: 1px solid green;
    color: green;
    border-radius: 3px;


    <?php echo $response; ?>’;

    $content2 =
    ‘<form action=”<?php the_permalink(); ?>” id=”form-action” method=”post”>
    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_email”>Email: <input type=”text” name=”message_email” id=”signup-input-email” class=”inputbox” value=””></label></p>
    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_name”>Name: <input type=”text” name=”message_name” id=”signup-input-name” class=”inputbox” value=””></label></p>
    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_gender”>Gender: <input type=”text” name=”message_gender” id=”signup-input-gender” class=”inputbox” value=””></label></p>
    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_age”>Age: <input type=”text” name=”message_age” id=”signup-input-age” class=”inputbox” value=””></label></p>
    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_city”>City: <input type=”text” name=”message_city” id=”signup-input-city” class=”inputbox” value=””></label></p>
    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_state”>State/Region: <input type=”text” name=”message_state” id=”signup-input-state” class=”inputbox” value=””></label></p>
    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_country”>Country: <input type=”text” name=”message_country” id=”signup-input-country” class=”inputbox” value=””></label></p>
    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_personality”>Personality Type: <input type=”text” name=”message_personality” id=”signup-input-personality” class=”inputbox” value=””></label></p>

    <p class=”form-label”><label for=”message_human”>Human Verification: <input type=”text” id=”human-verify” class=”inputbox” name=”message_human”> + 3 = 5</label></p>

    <input type=”hidden” name=”submitted” value=”1″>
    <p class=”form-submit”><input type=”submit” id=”submit-button”></p>



    return $content . $content2;
    add_shortcode(‘cucme_contact_form’, ‘cucme_contact_form’); /* short code, function called */

    // Form Insert into table=form_signup
    if (isset($_POST[‘submitted’])) {

    echo ‘<script language=”javascript”>’;
    echo ‘alert(“if (isset($_POST[submitted])) “)’;
    echo ‘</script>’;

    global $wpdb;

    $data_array = array (
    ’email’ => $_POST[’email’],
    ‘name’ => $_POST[‘name’],
    ‘gender’ => $_POST[‘gender’],
    ‘age’ => $_POST[‘age’],
    ‘city’ => $_POST[‘city’],
    ‘state’ => $_POST[‘state’],
    ‘country’ => $_POST[‘country’],
    ‘personality’ => $_POST[‘personality’]

    $table_name = ‘form_signup’;

    $rowResult = $wpdb->insert($table_name, $data_array, $format=NULL);

    // return row insert result
    if($rowResult == 1) {
    echo ‘<h1>Form Submit Successfully in DB<h1>’;
    } else {
    echo ‘error form submisiion !!!’;

    function cucme_hide_page09_launchgame() {
    $content = ‘
    <style type=”text/css”>
    .site-header {
    display: none;


    return $content;

    add_shortcode(‘cucme_hide_page09_launchgame’, ‘cucme_hide_page09_launchgame’); /* short code, function called */


    <<<< END <<<<< My plugin code <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    ======== My WordPress Database form_signup Table structure ================================================================

    # Name Type Collation Attributes Null Default Comments Extra Action
    1 id PrimaryIndex int(11) No None AUTO_INCREMENT Change
    2 email text utf8_unicode_ci Yes NULL
    3 name text utf8_unicode_ci Yes NULL
    4 gender text utf8_unicode_ci Yes NULL
    5 age tinyint(4) Yes NULL
    6 city text utf8_unicode_ci Yes NULL
    7 state text utf8_unicode_ci Yes NULL
    8 country text utf8_unicode_ci Yes NULL
    9 personality text utf8_unicode_ci Yes NULL


    I want ALL users to optionally be able to Submit ANY one field or all fields on the submit form–WITHOUT Requiring them to Login or Register in any way.

    Customer Support

    Hi Michael,

    Sorry but I’m not seeing this would be a GP related issue?

    Sounds like it’s an issue with your code/plugin and would happen with any themes.

    Let me know if I’m missing something.


    OK Thanks for getting back to me Leo, now I can rule out GeneratePress.

    I will check with the WordPress forums to get some tips.

    I thought it might be a simple fix that I just don’t know about.


    Customer Support
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