Simple Username Creation Validation with PHP
When I create login areas (mostly intranets) for small websites, I'm always asked by the customer to keep
usernames to letters and numbers. That means no email addresses as usernames
and special characters like "_", "-", and ".". This, in my customer's mind,
keeps the login easy for their users and limits the number of support calls
they will receive. While I don't recommend disallowing common username
characters like the ones cited above, I do understand their need for simplicity.
Here's how, using PHP, I validate that a username is only letters and numbers.
function validate_username($input,$pattern = '[^A-Za-z0-9]')
It's as easy as that. I don't go as far as using this for passwords, but you could if you wanted to. I'll also mention that if I want to allow non-alphanumeric characters, I just need to change the function's pattern. Easy enough!