php login script

To create an authentication or login system with php you will need

A database, a table called users with at least three columns: id, username, password
A HTML form where users fill in their usernames and passwords
A PHP script that will check if usernames and passwords provided actually exist or right
A private area users can access only if successfully logged in.

Login HTML Form Page

<form method="post" action="">
 <p><label for="u_name">username:</label></p>
 <p><input type="text" name="u_name" value=""></p>
 <p><label for="u_pass">password:</label></p>
 <p><input type="password" name="u_pass" value=""></p>
 <p><button type="submit" name="go">log me in</button></p>
<!-- A paragraph to display eventual errors -->
<p><strong><?php if(isset($error)){echo $error;} ?></strong></p>

Login Form PHP Script

// session started
//connect to server
$dbc = mysqli_connect('localhost','root','') or 
 die('could not connect: '. mysqli_connect_error());

//select db
mysqli_select_db($dbc, 'examples') or die('no db connection');

//check if the login form has been submitted
 $usr = mysqli_real_escape_string($dbc, htmlentities($_POST['u_name']));
 $psw = SHA1($_POST['u_pass']) ; //using SHA1() to encrypt passwords 
 //step2: create query to check if username and password match
 $q = "SELECT * FROM users WHERE name='$usr' AND pass='$psw' ";
 //step3: run the query and store result
 $res = mysqli_query($dbc, $q);

 //make sure we have a positive result
 if(mysqli_num_rows($res) == 1){
  //starting a session 
 //creating a log SESSION VARIABLE that will persist through pages 
 $_SESSION['log'] = 'in';

 //redirecting to restricted page
 } else {
 //create an error message 
 $error = 'Wrong details. Please try again'; 
}//end isset go

Restricted php page

 <?php #admin/restricted.php 
 #####[make sure you put this code before any html output]#####

//starting the session

//checking if a log SESSION VARIABLE has been set
if( !isset($_SESSION['log']) || ($_SESSION['log'] != 'in') ){
 //if the user is not allowed, display a message and a link to go back to login page
 echo "You are not allowed. <a href="index.php">back to login page</a>";
 //then abort the script

*  CODE FOR LOG OUT click here to see the logout tutorial 


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