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Building an E-Commerce Site Part 2: Managing Users with Sessions

This is the second article in a three-part series dealing with using PHP 4 and MySQL to make a comprehensive e-commerce storefront solution. This article covers session management within the store, user privileges, and a few security concerns.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Building an E-Commerce Site Part 2: Managing Users with Sessions
  2. Assumptions and Requirements
  3. Primer on Sessions
  4. User Management and Privileges
  5. Step 1: Creating the Users Table
  6. Step 2: Extracting the New Scripts
  7. Step 3: General Script Changes from Tutorial 1
  8. Step 5: User Scripts
  9. Step 6: A Note on Security
  10. Step 7: Putting It All Together
By: Ying Zhang
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May 16, 2000

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Welcome to Part 2 of the E-Commerce Step-by-Step Guide. In this installment, we will add the ability to manage users and, to track them with PHP4 sessions. After completing this installment, you will have:

  • created the underlying tables for user management;
  • created PHP scripts to add users;
  • created PHP scripts to edit users;
  • created PHP scripts to delete users;
  • created PHP scripts to let people sign up for accounts;
  • created PHP scripts to handle logins and logouts;
  • created PHP scripts to handle forgotten passwords.


 
 
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