What is the most practical way to display items based in each user level?

Hello,

I'm trying to figure out how to build a menu that will show more or less elements based on each user level in PHP.

I'm currently naming user levels in the DB as "Admin", "User", "Special" and so on. What I need is for the Admin to see all elements, the user to see some elements and so on. I could do lots of IF statements but maybe there's a quick way to do it in a function or something?

Thanks in advance!
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Cesar AracenaPHP EnthusiastAsked:
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Marco GasiFreelancerCommented:
An alternative to creating a menu with many if statements is to create 3 menus in 3 separate files, let's say menu_admin.php, menu_user.php and menu_special.php, then include the right file depending on the logged user level.
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Cesar AracenaPHP EnthusiastAuthor Commented:
Didn't thought it would make much sense but now that I read your response it totally made sense!
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Julian HansenCommented:
Usually menu systems like this are created dynamically. You have a data structure in which the menu items and user access are stored which is used to construct the menu - the data structure is usually (but does not have to be) sourced from a database query that joins available menu items to users based on an access_rights table linking users to menu items.
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