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How To Build A Login With Laravel

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Josue Castillo wrote this article

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Today website security is a big deal! Hackers are smarter than ever, and it is a necessity to have a secure backend.

One of the most important features of a website is logins. Logins allow you to authenticate a user and display unique information for each user and the ability to populate the website with information unique to each user.

Today I will show you how to install, build, and integrate a login system that allows you to register and authenticate users.

Introducing Laravel: Our Go-To Framework For Web Developers

“Laravel is a web application framework with an expressive, elegant syntax. A web framework provides a structure and starting point for creating your application, allowing you to focus on creating something amazing while it does all the heavy lifting.”

There are so many tools and frameworks available for developers to use when building web applications. Vanilla PHP and Laravel are our go-to one-two punch for backend web development. We think it is the best choice for building progressive and scalable web apps.

Laravel is great for senior developers, and it has a great community for beginning junior developers. Many call it a “progressive framework” because of this. On Laravel’s page, it is stated that “Laravel grows with you.”

For inexperienced developers, there are ways of making user authentication, dashboards, managing databases, and managing small to medium-sized projects.

For the experienced, senior developers, there are robust tools such as dependency injection, unit testing, queues, real-time events, third-party packages, and many more useful features.

We love Laravel because it is fine-tuned for building robust and scalable web applications which are ready to handle whatever project you send at it.

Laravel is incredibly scalable.

“Thanks to the scaling-friendly nature of PHP and Laravel’s built-in support for fast, distributed cache systems like Redis, horizontal scaling with Laravel is a breeze. Laravel applications have been easily scaled to handle hundreds of millions of requests per month.”

The best part for beginners is the PHP community, laracasts to learn from, and the easy-to-understand documentation available to learn from.

Requirements and Things To Know Before Building The Login

There are a few requirements you need to have installed before being able to follow this tutorial.

Install Requirements:

 

1. Composer

2. Node Package Manager (NPM)

3. Visual Studio Code

4. PHP

5. Web Browser (Preferable Google Chrome)

6. MAMP

7. Terminal (or Command Prompt)

Without further ado, let us dive into our Laravel Login System!

The Installation Process

Our preferred way to install Laravel and get up and running is by first installing composer.

1. First, open up terminal for MacOS or command prompt for Windows.

2. Go to Composer and copy paste the code in the download section into a terminal or command prompt(this is where you will type code into in the next parts).

3. Move Composer into bin and install Globally(accessible from any folder on your computer) using this link.

Once Composer is installed you can simply use this command to create a Laravel project and run it locally:

1. composer create-project laravel/laravel login-app

2. cd login-app

3. php artisan serve

After using the third command, you will get a response that looks like this:

“Starting Laravel development server: http://localhost:8000”

Open up a broswer and go to “http://localhost:(Port Number).” In this case, it would be “http://localhost:8000”

Now, you have a working and running Laravel web application!

You can now open the project in an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). We recommend using Visual Studio Code.

You should spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the directory structure of a Laravel project.

Now The Fun Part: Building The Login System

1. composer require laravel/ui

2. php artisan ui bootstrap –auth

3. npm install && npm run dev

3(continued) If you get:

“Additional dependencies must be installed. This will only take a moment.

Running: npm install resolve-url-loader@^3.1.2 –save-dev –legacy-peer-deps

Finished. Please run Mix again.”

Simply run the code for #2 again.

4. php artisan serve (runs app in localhost)

5. Open localhost:8000 (or respective post terminal / command prompt tells you)

You should now have something that looks like this!

If you test this login system it actually won’t work as is. We need to get our hands dirty a bit to make this work.

In order to make this next part work in its full intended functionality, we need to make coding changes and setup a database to be able to register and login.

We recommend utilizing MAMP for this next part, which you can download here.

This next part is crucial to ensure your login system works correctly!

Now open your project with Visual Studio Code.

1. Go to .env file (there is a lot going on in this file, but we need it to make the proper changes)

2. Locate the section which start with DB_Connection

3. Open MAMP

3a. Go to “preferences”

3b. Go to “ports”

3c. Now we need to ensure that “MySQL Port” is the same port as our “DB_PORT” in our .env file

3d. I set my .env “DB_Port = 8889” and “DB_Password=root” (default password on a fresh install is root)

4. Save the file

5. run “php artisan serve”

Where To Go From Here

There is so much to learn when it comes to Laravel.

There are constantly new features being added or bugs being fixed, thanks to the great PHP community at large.

A great way to continue learning and growing is by watching and coding along with Laracasts.

If this is your first project with Laravel, we recommend going through the file structure in depth, the basics, digging deeper, security, database, and packages on Laravel’s website.

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