Dating Website (MySQL and PHP)

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We require a programmer to create the front-end (HTML/CSS), middle (PHP) and back- end (MySQL) functionality of a matchmaking site.

This dating website is aim at pet owners or people who would like to meet another half who happens to own a pet. It is a website which holds profile of pets (dogs,cats, rabbits etc) and their owners.

More detailed:


It should have some static HTML page links to about us, testimonials, why we are here, support etc., that will give a sense of appropriate business rules. You may also include static pages of related articles or integration of a blog (e.g. wordpress).

Homepage (index.php) will enable new users to sign up (signup.php), or allow
existing users to log in (login.php). There will be a consistent design throughout the site, complete with advertising regions. A template look and feel should be created to ease development. Advertising regions and suitable
logo / branding placements should be considered for professional web design.

Any CSS used should be globally applied for consistent reuse, and it should be contained in its own CSS file (.css), not embedded in each document. Identify areas as AP div tags with IDs, where you will need to embed PHP programs that manage and generate the content in those parts of the interface. It is important to consider which pages will be generated dynamically as well as which regions within pages.


When users sign up for the first time, the website will take their details in a form (signup.php), similar to what you have done for lab sheet 1. This data is to be sent by PHP to an SQL database that you must create. They should have a unique username that they create so some validation is required to check that it doesnt exist already. Some of the users data will be made public for viewing, and some of the data will be kept private only for the website to use for matchmaking searches (such as post code, last date logged in). It will allow them to upload a photo of themselves.

When the user logs in (login.php) and out (logout.php), the database must know this, so an online now variable must be a part of the users profile. Before allowing the user to submit the signup form, you should validate his input by using JavaScript (e.g. make sure there is an @ in the email box). When logging on to the web page, the user should not be allowed to log on again.

When a user logs in normally (via login.php) it is checked with the database, giving them access to their landing page (landing.php). Here they have links to edit their profile, view their profile (ownprofile.php) as other users see it, and to see a list of message texts sent by other usernames. It will also be good practice if when the user logs in they get a personalised greeting (e.g. Welcome Jim Smith, you have 5 new messages).


A search link will then open a search page (search.php) to choose search options, and perform a variety of search enquiries. It will return a dynamically generated gallery of users thumbnails (gallery.php). You may use existing open source scripts to help you with the gallery viewing, and it can be with Flash, Javascript or straight PHP but you must cite any usage here. Clicking on any of the user profiles should show you the users public data and an enlarged version of their photo. A textbox at the bottom of the users profile should allow you to send some text (e.g. your contact information)
into the database for that users profile. That will become viewable in date order, on the message history in landing.php.

A separate administrator page (admin.php) should be created for the website
administrator, to check the database as a table. The administrator page should be inaccessible for the regular user, therefore needs a unique username and password. It should be able to manually add data into the database, edit and delete users data. It will also enable them to view messages histories of users.


1. Producing thumbnails of the images uploaded (you may use existing scripts
for this).
2. Uploading multiple photos to be stored on a users profile.
3. Viewing a history of which usernames have viewed your profile.
4. Blocking certain user profiles from continuing to view your profile, OR
temporarily hiding your profile from all users.


You are also required to develop the ability to send an auto-generated email when you have been left a message on the site. The organisation of your programming efforts will be now be in line with the Model- view-Controller (MVC) design pattern of software development (to be taught in the
lectures).

In addition to this, Two or more of the following tasks must be achieved for this stage:

1. Allowing the system to store user information in the database but delay for a
set time period before updating the website. This gives the administrator a
chance to review the incoming data before it becomes publicly available.
2. Chat with online now status users, in a chat window. Remember when they log off of the system, they wont be available in this chat window.
3. Postcode searching (you may use existing free scripts for this) e.g. search for matches within 50, 100, 150 miles.
4. A payment page link (payment.php) on the sign in page, to enable users to pay by credit card with a date starting to date ending (e.g. monthly subscription, 3 monthly, yearly). Free and Paid memberships are distinguished by the CSS colour scheme when viewing a user profile. A history of payments made would be shown on users landing page when they log in (landing.php).

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