PHP account creation advice


I'd like to develop a website with account creation and account settings in PHP

Must I bite the bullet and use SQL?
IS there any PHP code available for account creation?

Is this the standard method - to store signup information in an SQL database? or is signup info stored in small files locally on the server? I will eventually store video FLV files for each account. What is advised for this setup? Is there a PHP guide for this type of website? or example / skeleton  PHP files of this?
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Check this site out.  PHP can work with a flat file database.
Nevertheless, I believe it is better in many ways to store the information in a MySQL database. PHP has excellent support for MySQL and there are many code samples available for using it in account-based web sites. Have a look at this URL:

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If you want to, use XAMPP and install mysql, apache, php, or whatever you need.
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Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperCommented:
Is this the standard method - to store signup information in an SQL database?

>> you have to design & develop the php form to store the details into mysql database... keep it safe as well as sql hack free.,

or is signup info stored in small files locally on the server?

>> it is very old concept to store in the local

Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperCommented:
If you wish not to use SQL, use flat files outside of standard web directories.  You can use permissions to keep these files secure.  A database model would be more effecient and secure, this is true also.
CWS (haripriya)Commented:
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   Split: cycle303 {http:#20800301} & huji {http:#20801082} & logudotcom {http:#20803823}

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xannusAuthor Commented:
I am in a database class at UNCW and this is really helping me.
xannusAuthor Commented:
How do I construct the page to ask for the registration info. Where does it go?
There are username and password data members, but I dont see where the text fields / page structure is defined.

Where is the registration page (Text fields, layout, datamembers) constructed?
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