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PHP - Login Include redirect to initial page

Marius0188
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Dear Experts,

I've implemented a login include at the top of each of my pages.
When a user tries to open this pages it will first check whether he has been logged in, using $_SESSION's,
and if not, the user is directed to the login page.

This is working as expected up till here. But what I would like to have is when the user tries to open a page the login include must direct the user to the page he was initially trying to open after the login was successful.

Hope this makes sense..

Kind regards
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You could use $referer = $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']; to store the referring page and then redirect to it.

This can also be done with JavaScript using the history code.

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header('Location: '.$_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']
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In that case you need to give the redirect a variable location. You can usually find the last page visited in $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']. This is not complety reliabe and there are other methods, but could you post the corresponden code please ? Than I could help you further.
Alternative method is passing the origin url in a GET variable.
I answered a question with this method some days ago here
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/Q_24141867.html 
Improved code regarding the answer above (this is, passing the referrer URL as a GET variable)
 

// Code for redirecting an non logged in user to login page
 
$loginurl = 'login.php';
header('Location: '. $loginurl . "?from=" . urlencode($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']));
 
 
// Code for redirecting a logged in user to referrer page
 
header('Location: ' . urldecode($_GET['from']));

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