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chopthewood posted a topic in PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide (5th Edition)I am trying to decide to go with Sessions or Cookies. After reading page 404 about the two choices, it seems cookies are it (I only want to store a single number -which refers to a particular database from which information will be sent to the user). Not having required users to allow cookies in the past, making this website a "multi-user" (users from different geographic areas) system I must now do so. I worry about users not allowing cookies. My research gives varying answers about percentages of users that allow or disallow. What makes it vague is the information I read about does not discriminate between the different type of cookies -third party, tracking, secondary etc. On browsers, people can allow (or not) any of these groups or shut off "all" cookies. I do not want to turn returning users away by shutting them out of the site because they suddenly have to deal with the cookie issue. If I go with Session, every time they log in they will have to make a choice about which geographic area they are from (related to choice of db tables). My single cookie, say, the number 1 as the cookie's value handles everything I need and can last a year. So, what is the risk of losing users by storing a cookie vs the more complex and non viable Session. And, does not starting a Session require the placement of a 'PHPSESSID'? Would not allowing "all" cookies disable the Session? Sorry for the long explanation. Chop