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Using server behaviors

From: Dynamic Dreamweaver Websites: Creating Login Areas

Video: Using server behaviors

Before we move into actually adding the log in functionality, for our pages, what I want to do is show you a feature built into Dreamweaver that we're going to be using to create all of these functional pieces of our log in process. I'm going to open up the login page. You can see my panels are greyed out, if I don't have a page open. So we're not actually going to be working on this page, I just want to activate the panel by having it open.

Using server behaviors

Before we move into actually adding the log in functionality, for our pages, what I want to do is show you a feature built into Dreamweaver that we're going to be using to create all of these functional pieces of our log in process. I'm going to open up the login page. You can see my panels are greyed out, if I don't have a page open. So we're not actually going to be working on this page, I just want to activate the panel by having it open.

I'm going to go out to the server behaviors panel now. And it is just to the right of the Databases tab. In case yours is not open you want to go up to Window and go down to Server Behaviors here. Now these are only active if you have three checkmarks in front of these. If for some reason your testing server is not understood by Dreamweaver... You will have difficulty working with server behaviors, so you must have a check mark here.

If you have difficulty, you can simply click testing server here, and make sure there are check marks in these areas. If not, you will want to correct the section that has a problem. Click save, and you should get your check marks back. Now, within server behaviors, what these are are snippets of code that Dreamweaver can add to your webpages to add functionality. And Dreamweaver can add these to your page in multiple server side languages.

Right now, we are working in document type PHP. So that is how Dreamweaver knows which language to add to our pages. Within this area, there are a bunch of different pieces. Notice there's Insert, Update, and Delete records from within a database. But there's also some information in the user authentication area and this is where we are going to be working. We're going to be working in order to log in our user with the log in user server behavior.

The Restrict Access to Page server behavior prevents people from seeing the page unless they are logged in. The Log Out User will actually log the user out of the website and when they go to register for our website, this server behavior makes sure that somebody else is not using that same username. An example is, in our login form we have this email address. Well, if they're already registered, they don't need to re-register, and this will prevent them from getting two registrations.

It also makes sure nobody else can register under that same email address themselves. So these are the server behaviors we will be working on for the login specific features. In order to register new users on our website, we need to insert their information into the database. And this is the server behavior we will use to do that. So we'll move into adding some of this functionality.

But I wanted to explain a few of these features before we did so. So let's get adding some functionality to our login area using these server behaviors.

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Dynamic Dreamweaver Websites: Creating Login Areas

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Candyce Mairs
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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 2m 57s
    1. Course overview
      1m 16s
    2. The course environment
      1m 41s
  3. 26m 58s
    1. Static vs. dynamic requests
      4m 8s
    2. Installing XAMPP on a Windows system
      8m 54s
    3. Installing MAMP on a Mac system
      4m 29s
    4. Using admin consoles
      3m 54s
    5. Installing the course files
      5m 33s
  4. 18m 36s
    1. Overview of the Dreamweaver interface
      6m 22s
    2. Setting up the course site
      6m 20s
    3. Previewing pages
      5m 54s
  5. 33m 38s
    1. Creating PHP pages
      5m 45s
    2. Adding PHP code
      5m 44s
    3. Displaying variables
      4m 45s
    4. Commenting your code
      5m 30s
    5. Working with includes
      5m 58s
    6. Building the course templates
      5m 56s
  6. 35m 13s
    1. What is a database?
      5m 2s
    2. Adding database tables
      7m 34s
    3. Connecting to the database
      8m 28s
    4. Getting data from a database: Part one
      8m 25s
    5. Getting data from a database: Part two
      5m 44s
  7. 1h 16m
    1. Planning the login process
      7m 25s
    2. Creating a login form
      7m 45s
    3. Adding form validation: Part one
      9m 22s
    4. Adding form validation: Part two
      1m 37s
    5. Exploring the registration page
      7m 17s
    6. Correcting table fields
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up the login landing page
      4m 1s
    8. Using server behaviors
      3m 36s
    9. Inserting new members
      8m 48s
    10. User authentication
      10m 3s
    11. Restricting access to pages
      5m 17s
    12. Testing the login
      4m 53s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Admin area overview
      5m 9s
    2. Adding new users
      5m 19s
    3. Restricting access
      12m 25s
    4. Planning the admin update area
      5m 19s
    5. Building the members table listing
      6m 55s
    6. Building the querystring
      9m 14s
    7. Populating the update form
      6m 33s
    8. Updating the database data
      11m 28s
    9. Testing the admin update process
      3m 47s

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