Updating a record on login with PHP

I have a simple login system that I am trying to develop further by adding the ability to store the last login time of a given user. It appears I can’t quite get my update query correct.

The code i am using in PDO is as follows;


// This variable will be used to re-display the user's username to them in the 
// login form if they fail to enter the correct password.  It is initialized here 
// to an empty value, which will be shown if the user has not submitted the form. 
$submitted_username = ''; 

// This if statement checks to determine whether the login form has been submitted 
// If it has, then the login code is run, otherwise the form is displayed 
    // This query retreives the user's information from the database using 
    // their username. 
    $query = " 
        FROM users 
            username = :username 
    // The parameter values 
    $query_params = array( 
        ':username' => $_POST['username'] 
        // Execute the query against the database 
        $stmt = $db->prepare($query); 
        $result = $stmt->execute($query_params); 
    catch(PDOException $ex) 
        // Note: On a production website, you should not output $ex->getMessage(). 
        // It may provide an attacker with helpful information about your code.  
        die("Failed to run query: " . $ex->getMessage()); 
    // This variable tells us whether the user has successfully logged in or not. 
    // We initialize it to false, assuming they have not. 
    // If we determine that they have entered the right details, then we switch it to true. 
    $login_ok = false; 
    // Retrieve the user data from the database.  If $row is false, then the username 
    // they entered is not registered. 
    $row = $stmt->fetch(); 
        // Using the password submitted by the user and the salt stored in the database, 
        // we now check to see whether the passwords match by hashing the submitted password 
        // and comparing it to the hashed version already stored in the database. 
        $check_password = hash('sha256', $_POST['password'] . $row['salt']); 
        for($round = 0; $round < 65536; $round++) 
            $check_password = hash('sha256', $check_password . $row['salt']); 
        if($check_password === $row['password']) 
            // If they do, then we flip this to true 
            $login_ok = true; 
    // If the user logged in successfully, then we send them to the private members-only page 
    // Otherwise, we display a login failed message and show the login form again 
        // Here I am preparing to store the $row array into the $_SESSION by 
        // removing the salt and password values from it.  Although $_SESSION is 
        // stored on the server-side, there is no reason to store sensitive values 
        // in it unless you have to.  Thus, it is best practice to remove these 
        // sensitive values first. 
        // This stores the user's data into the session at the index 'user'. 
        // We will check this index on the private members-only page to determine whether 
        // or not the user is logged in.  We can also use it to retrieve 
        // the user's details. 
        $_SESSION['user'] = $row; 
        // Redirect the user to the private members-only page. 
        header("Location: home.php"); 
        die("Redirecting to: home.php"); 
        // Tell the user they failed 
        print("Login Failed."); 
        // Show them their username again so all they have to do is enter a new 
        // password.  The use of htmlentities prevents XSS attacks.  You should 
        // always use htmlentities on user submitted values before displaying them 
        // to any users (including the user that submitted them).  For more information: 
        // http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XSS_attack 
        $submitted_username = htmlentities($_POST['username'], ENT_QUOTES, 'UTF-8'); 


Ideally I’d like the user to be logged in and then just before they are directed to ‘members only’ page the current date/time logged as a timestamp in the MySQL DB.

How can I update the record relating to their user ID with this data?

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Does your database have a column with date time stamp =now() ?

Yes it does, it has a user_lastlogin column.

I have been able to get it to work with the following code;

    $sql = "UPDATE `users` SET `user_lastlogin` = NOW() WHERE `id` = :id";
    $q = $db->prepare($sql);
    $q->execute([':id' => $id]);
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Glad you were able to solve it. I am a little rusty on PHP.