Nearly every website allows you (the visitor) to become a member of the site you're visiting. Typically,
one will register a desired username, and setup a password, then fill out a bit of information to stock a
profile, like: location, interests, etc. and you're done. You can then access parts of the site that were
once restricted, participate in forum discussions and cast your vote on polls - you get the idea. But how
is that done? How do they distinguish between members? How can I do that with my site? Read on and you will
learn how to allow visitors to register as members, and allow them to login/logout of your website.
Just like anything else, a few requirements exist before this can be accomplished.
- PHP - This means the company/website that provides you webspace (your host) has PHP
installed on their server. Or, download and install PHP for free if you're running your own server. Here is
a link: http://www.php.net/downloads.php.
- MySQL database - This means the company/website that provides you webspace (your
host) has MySQL database installed on their server. Or, download and install MySQL for free if you're
running your own server. Again, here is a quick link: http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/.
- phpMyAdmin - Not required, but you will be creating tables in your database, and this tool makes
it much easier! Just like the others, free download heres a link: http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php
- Proper Design - You will be entering code that needs to appear on every page of your site, so to
make this simpler on your part, your site should be setup where everything is broken up like: page_header,
page_sidebar, etc. If you're lost, read this tutorial: Site
Design Made Simple.
- PATIENCE!!! - It almost never works the first time you set it up. Find your errors and go from
there. I will guide you through as best as I can, but in the end if there is something you cannot fix or
find an answer for, try the Forums
and if I cannot help you, someone else can.
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