Reviewing sample PHP code that interacts with a MySQL Database
In our previous articles, we've created a simple website that allows for users to submit comments about an article. In this article we are going to walk through what happens when someone submits a comment in our test website.
Step 1 - Look at the data currently in the database
Before we post any comments to our database, we'll want to look at our comments table to see what is in it. To do this:
- Log into your cPanel and click the phpMyAdmin icon
- Click your database in the left sidebar, and then click on your table. If you're following our example, we'll first click on "_mysite" and then "comments".
- On the right side of the page, you'll see all of the comments submitted. If you refer to our screenshot below, you'll see we currently only have one comment, which is our test comment from a previous article:
Step 2 - Submit a comment on your website
At this point, we will replicate what a user will do, and that is leave a comment. To do this:
- Visit your first page, http://phpandmysql.inmotiontesting.com/page1.php?id=1. It is very important that "id=1" is in the URL, otherwise our php code will not know which article the comment belongs to.
- Input a comment and click submit (refer to screenshot below):
At this point, we'll want to run the test again, but this time on page2. Click the link on the page to go to page2.php and insert another comment.
Step 3 - Confirm that your data has been written to the database
Now that we have comments in our database, we'll show you in our next article how you can access the database and display those comments on each page.
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