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    Default Dynamic Form Content, Array, MySQL

    For anyone who can provide some assistance I would appreciate it.

    Have a portion of a registration system that asks the end user for a URL, then allows the user to add additional URLS's by clicking the "Add Additional URL" button & function. Here's the Form portion:

    <div id="dynamicInput">Uniform Resource Locator 1:<br><input type="text" name="myInputs[]" placeholder="">
    <input type="button" value="Add Additional URL's / Domains" onClick="addInput('dynamicInput');">


    Here's the function portion:

    var counter = 1;
    var limit = 3;
    function addInput(divName){
    if (counter == limit) {
    alert("You have reached the limit of adding " + counter + " inputs");
    else {
    var newdiv = document.createElement('div');
    newdiv.innerHTML = "Uniform Resource Locator: " + (counter + 1) + " <br><input type='text' name='myInputs[]' placeholder=''>";

    How do I get this array into my database table? The database portion works, no problem as all the other user info get's inserted and of course, I already have fields for the 3 additional URL's.

    I'm assuming else statement is generating the following variables, dynamically: myInputs[0], myInputs[1], myInputs[2] or ..1..2..3. So not to sure if I should be using:

    $myInputs1 = $_POST['table field name'];
    $myInputs2 = $_POST['table field name''];

    then a sql insert statement, or what??

    maybe foreach($_POST as ........)


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    First, how to access the form inputs: easiest way would likely be foreach( $_POST['myInputs'] as $myInput ){ … .

    Next, how to get the array into the database: don't. There's no such thing as an array in an SQL database. The best solution is to use another table for the items in the array, with a foreign key to associate them with table (and rows) they belong to. I don't know the specifics of your DB structure or the data you need to store, but here's the general idea:
    CREATE TABLE `user`(
        `id` SERIAL PRIMARY KEY,
        -- (other user fields)
        `url` VARCHAR (100) NOT NULL,
        `user` SERIAL,
        PRIMARY KEY (`user`,`url`),
        FOREIGN KEY (`user`) REFERENCES `user` (`id`)
    In this way, your array can be represented as SELECT url FROM userURL WHERE user=:desiredUserID.

    If you need more help, please give more information.

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