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When entering data on a website where does the data go to?

Asked by polycinco (187 points ) January 12th, 2012

I am in the process of building a website, I need to have some forms for people to add data my question is where does the data that people enter go to? Is there a software or solution that isn’t too expensive that does this for you?

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auhsojsa's avatar

It goes to the websites server space. That is esentially what you are paying for when you buy webspace.

Charles's avatar

Do you store the data? Where? A hard drive?

marinelife's avatar

You need a database for storing the data.

polycinco's avatar

Does the database need to be on the internet?

jrpowell's avatar

Depending on what you need the data for you could just have it email you the contents of the form. If it is something that doesn’t need to be constantly retrieved it would be easier.

You might want to start reading up on PHP and MySQL here.

Thammuz's avatar

Usually an encrypted MySQL database.

tomalarm's avatar

If you don’t want to build website from scratch, you can use some open source CMS like Wordpress, Joomly, Typo…

Most of them have extensions/plugins for building forms without the need of any programming knowledge (mySQL).

HungryGuy's avatar

In most cases, it goes to a database such as MySQL which you bind to your PHP code. I suppose you could use indexed flat files, but hardly anyone does it that way these days. If you want to be fancy, you can run your database on a different server than your web server for extra performance if your site becomes popular.

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