Sending a verification link to Mail address

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In this tutorial, let us see how to send Verification mail to a Mail id using PHPMailer library via Gmail SMTP. Sending email in PHP can be done with various mail transfer libraries available. For example,  PHPMailer, PEAR::Mail interface. These libraries provide advanced features like SMTP authentication and more.

When users sign up to join your website, you may want to verify their email address by sending confirmation link to their email address. You'll learn how to do this in this tutorial.


In this Process,we create 4 PHP files and 2 databases
1. signup.php
2. signup_ac.php
3. confirmation.php
4. config.php

We have to create 2 databases
1. temp_members_db
2. registered_members

What to do

1. When users sign up,we create a random code which acts as our confirmation code.
2. We keep the information of the registered users and confirmation code in the table "temp_members_db".This is temporary table,Later we move this information to table "registered_members" after the email address has been verified.
3. After sucessfully insertion of data into table "temp_membes_db", we send confirmation link to email to which that user has used to sign up, if email is invalid the user will not receive the email.
4. Later the user have to click on the confirmation link to activate his/her account. Then the data is moved from table "temp_member_db" to table "registered_members" and delete data from table "temp_members_db".

Step 1: Create tables temp_members_db and registered_members

CREATE TABLE `temp_members_db` (
`confirm_code` varchar(65) NOT NULL default ,
`name` varchar(65) NOT NULL default ,
`email` varchar(65) NOT NULL default ,
`password` varchar(15) NOT NULL default ,
`country` varchar(65) NOT NULL default

CREATE TABLE `registered_members` (
`id` int(4) NOT NULL auto_increment,
`name` varchar(65) NOT NULL default,
`email` varchar(65) NOT NULL default ,
`password` varchar(65) NOT NULL default,
`country` varchar(65) NOT NULL default,
) ;

Step 2: Creating a file signup.php

<table width="350" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<td><form name="form1" method="post" action="signup_ac.php">
<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0">
<td colspan="3"><strong>Sign up</strong></td>
<td width="76">Name</td>
<td width="3">:</td>
<td width="305"><input name="name" type="text" id="name" size="30"></td>
<td><input name="email" type="text" id="email" size="30"></td>
<td><input name="password" type="password" id="password" size="30"></td>
<td><input name="country" type="text" id="country" size="30"></td>
<td><input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Submit"> &nbsp;
<input type="reset" name="Reset" value="Reset"></td>

Step 3: Creating a file signup_ac.php

In this step
1. We generate a random confirmation code.
2. Insert user data and confirmation code into database.
3. Send an email to user with confirmation link.


// table name

// Random confirmation code

// values sent from form

// Insert data into database
$sql="INSERT INTO $tbl_name(confirm_code, name, email, password, country)VALUES('$confirm_code', '$name', '$email', '$password', '$country')";

// if suceesfully inserted data into database, send confirmation link to email

// ---------------- SENDING MAIL ----------------

// send e-mail to ...


// Your subject
$subject="Your confirmation link here";

// From
$header="from: your name <your email>";

// Your message
$message="Your Comfirmation link \r\n";
$message.="Click on this link to activate your account \r\n";

// send email

$sentmail = mail($to,$subject,$message,$header);


// if not found

else {
echo "Not found your email in our database";

// if your email succesfully sent

echo "Your Confirmation link Has Been Sent To Your Email Address.";
else {
echo "Cannot send Confirmation link to your e-mail address";


Step 4:Creating a file confirmation.php

In this step
1. We will Check Random code( Pass key )
2. If found Random code in database, we will move all data in that row from table temp_members_db to table registered_members
3. Delete Random code from table temp_members_db


// Passkey that got from link


// Retrieve data from table where row that match this passkey
$sql1="SELECT * FROM $tbl_name1 WHERE confirm_code ='$passkey'";

// If successfully queried

// Count how many row has this passkey

// if found this passkey in our database, retrieve data from table "temp_members_db"



// Insert data that retrieves from "temp_members_db" into table "registered_members"
$sql2="INSERT INTO $tbl_name2(name, email, password, country)VALUES('$name', '$email', '$password', '$country')";

// if not found passkey, display message "Wrong Confirmation code"
else {
echo "Wrong Confirmation code";

// if successfully moved data from table"temp_members_db" to table "registered_members" displays message "Your account has been activated" and don't forget to delete confirmation code from table "temp_members_db"

echo "Your account has been activated";

// Delete information of this user from table "temp_members_db" that has this passkey
$sql3="DELETE FROM $tbl_name1 WHERE confirm_code = '$passkey'";

Step 5:Creating a file config.php

$host="localhost"; // Host name
$username="coding"; // Mysql username
$password="coding"; // Mysql password
$db_name="codinggurus"; // Database name

//Connect to server and select database.
mysql_connect("$host", "$username", "$password")or die("cannot connect to server");
mysql_select_db("$db_name")or die("cannot select DB");