What To Do to Populate Pages with PHP

Aug 31st, 2015

A common question:

I have a database with all the images I need to fill the page I’m connected to the database. Now the thing I don’t know how to do is to call the images through PHP and have them show up on the page. I know I will need a for loop to cycle through all the images and give them the proper tags but how do I make the initial call to the database? I’m using PHP5 and MySQL database with PHPMyAdmin.

Now I know how to do this through dreamweaver but the code it generates is so messy and ugly that I’m not going to do it that way.

Be as long winded as possible with answers and if you can point me towards video tutorials or any thing that would be great as well.


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  1. Colinc
    Aug 7th, 2013 at 02:52
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    First you need to have a file in a directory under the root directory with setup information for the database and anything else which might be sensitive. This is to protect your self against anyone gaining access by seeing any source code. Ideally using definitions of constants.
    define ("DB_HOST","localhost");
    define ("DB_NAME","yourdatabase");
    define ("DB_USER","youruser");
    define ("DB_PASSWORD","userpassword");
    The user must not be your full admin rights user, it must not be root as this name is known worldwide. Do not give the user the grant ( including create or drop privileges) or an attacker can obviously do massive damage that way. Set the data connection in this file.
    $conn = mysql_connect (DB_HOST,DB_USER,DB_PASSWORD);
    Do not try to actually store the images, videos or similar in the data. Store them in directories and place the file names in the database. Set the directory path from the include file again.
    define ("IMAGE_DIRECTORY","images/");
    include a field in the tables for obsolete, or similar, set to 1 for on, 0 for off, gives you a way to quickly turn off or on any image you want to prevent from viewing for any reason. It also removes the need to delete any data, which should be avoided to maintain data integrity.
    $data_table = "images"
    Your display routine should be something like this, which makes the automated building of queries simple.
    $image_query = "select * from ".DB_DATABASE.".".$data_table." where obsolete = ‘0’ order by image_name";
    $image_res = mysql_query ($image_query,$conn);
    if (mysql_num_rows($image_res) > 0) {
    while ($image_rec = mysql_fetch_array ($image_res)) {
    $image_file = IMAGE_DIRECTORY.$image_rec[image_name];
    echo "…
    //include your layout information and the image source information
    echo (<h2>No images are yet stored</h2>;
    This last being the fallback for an empty table or all images being set obsolete.
    The routine above can be built as a function, possibly in the same file as the definitions, then by using
    function get_data($table_name){
    global $conn;

    You can call the function from anywhere in the site. Clever data structures would allow you to pass and return enough for ANY type of data using the same function, hence the use of a variable for the table name. Just include the setup page in every page with data required.

  2. Poki
    Aug 7th, 2013 at 03:06
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