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Referral or Affilate setup

Thread began 11/07/2012 10:08 am by troyd | Last modified 11/07/2012 11:20 am by troyd | 429 views | 2 replies

troyd

Referral or Affilate setup

I have a client who wants to add a referral plan to their eCart web site.
The third party would include a link on their web site, to my client's store, and then receive a % commission of the referred sales.

My first thought was to include a URL variable in the link so that a session was set once the visitor arrived via that link.
(www.clientsite.com/store.php?affiliateid=1234)

Then record the variable in the Orders table.

So...
1- Session is set on first page, setting the Affiliate ID from the URL.

php:
<?php

if (!session_id()) session_start();
if(!isset(
$_SESSION["affiliateid"]))     {
  
$_SESSION["affiliateid"] = "".$_GET['affiliateid']  ."";
}
?>



2- Then that session is stored in the Orders table on the confirm.php page.

But if I'm not mistaken, entering data from a URL is a security risk. Am I correct on that?

What would be the safest method to simply include a referral ID with each order (if one exists)?

Thanks,
TroyD

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