Creating a registration form using PHP

Creating a membership based site seems like a daunting task at first. If you ever wanted to do this by yourself, then just gave up when you started to think how you are going to put it together using your PHP skills, then this article is for you. We are going to walk you through every aspect of creating a membership based site, with a secure members area protected by password.

The whole process consists of two big parts: user registration and user authentication. In the first part, we are going to cover creation of the registration form and storing the data in a MySQL database. In the second part, we will create the login form and use it to allow users access in the secure area.
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Creating a multi-page order form using PHP

Forms are part of virtually any web application today. They are the main method to receive input from people using the application. They range in size from one-field opt-in forms where you only enter your email address, to very long forms with tens or even hundreds of fields.

To make long forms user-friendlier, it is a good idea to span the form on multiple pages. This can make it easier to follow for the user, and we can also split the data in separate sections, based on the scope (for example separate personal customer information from payment data in a shopping cart checkout form).
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How to submit a form using PHP

There are situations when you want to send data using POST to a URL, either local or remote. Why would you want to do this? Probably you want to submit data to an opt-in form, but without taking a valuable visitor away from your site. Or maybe you want to send data to several applications for various purposes, which would be impossible to do in the usual manner. So how can we deal with this problem?
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Using PHP_SELF in the action field of a form

In this article shows the usage of PHP_SELF variable and how to avoid PHP_SELF exploits.

What is PHP_SELF variable?

PHP_SELF is a variable that returns the current script being executed. This variable returns the name and path of the current file (from the root folder). You can use this variable in the action field of the FORM. There are also certain exploits that you need to be aware of. We shall discuss all these points in this article.
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Handling select box (drop-down list) in a PHP form

This tutorial will show you how to add select boxes and multi-select boxes to a form, how to retrieve the input data from them, how to validate the data, and how to take different actions depending on the input.

Select box

Let’s look at a new input: a “select” box, also known as a “drop-down” or “pull-down” box. A select box contains one or more “options”. Each option has a “value”, just like other inputs, and also a string of text between the option tags. This means when a user selects “Male”, the “formGender” value when accessed by PHP will be “M”.
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Using the POST method in a PHP form

This tutorial will cover how PHP handles form data posted via the POST method.

Introduction to the form

POST data is submitted by a form and “posted” to the web server as form data. POST data is encoded the same way as GET data, but isn’t typically visible to the user in standard browsers.

Most forms use the post method because it “hides” the form data away from the user and doesn’t clutter up the URL in the address bar.
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Using the GET method in a PHP form

This tutorial will cover how PHP handles form data posted via the ‘GET’ method.

Introduction to the query string

GET data comes from the URL itself, and will typically follow the name of the script file in the URL. The start of GET data is indicated with a question mark (?). The name of the field is followed by an equal sign (=) and the value of the field. Each field is then separated by an ampersand (&). Here’s an example of a URL with GET data for first and last name:
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