On Dec 7, 2009, at 4:39 PM, Allen McCabe wrote:

> I have a shopping cart type system set up which keeps track of the cart
> contents using a SESSION variable, where $_SESSION['cart'][$item_id'] is
> equal to the quantity, so the name/value pair is all the information I need.
> But sessions are unreliable on the free server I am currently using for this
> website (not my choice), so I had start using cookies because users were
> being sporadically logged out, sometimes just on a page refresh.
> I want to find a way to set a cookie to remember the cart items as well, and
> I thought setting a cookie for each item/quantity pair was the way to go
> until I started trying to figure out how to unset all those cookies if the
> user empties their cart.
> Is there any way to set cookies with an array for the name? Intead of
> $_COOKIE['item_number'] have $_COOKIE['cart']['item_number'] like I have the

Don't do it this way. At some point (don't know if it's still true), IE had a 
limit of 20 cookies per domain - this includes cookie arrays. The proper way to 
do this would be to hold some sort of key in a cookie:

user_cart = 'some unique value for this user'

Then, in your PHP code, grab the value of $_COOKIE['user_cart'] to reference 
data in a database. Then, you pull the information from the database with this 
unique key and use it to display the appropriate items. This is the most secure 
way to do it (with the proper security measures ;) and it doesn't put 100's of 
needless cookies on the user's machine.

Hope this helps.
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