authentication - Laravel Multi-auth (multiple user tables) from same login



I plan to develop a system that has three user types (admin, business, personal). I want to have each user types information stored in a separate table for easy access and to reduce the number of blank fields (if they were all in one table).

Having looked at multiple Multi-auth packages available for Laravel, they all appear to be insisting on an approach with URLs like the following:

  • /admin/login
  • /business/login
  • /personal/login

Ideally, I would like to take an approach where the standard Laravel Auth /login can be used meaning that all users log in from the same page.

My knowledge of Laravel is limited so all and any help is appreciated.

1 Answer: 

The usual approach is to have one users table which has the ID/email/username (as primary key), login credentials and user types for all the users which will be logging into the system. The information however can be stored in separate tables for each type, referencing the foreign key.
After authenticating the user, then you can decide what to do with the user based on the user type.

If you store login credentials in multiple tables, that's data redundancy. Unless you want the same email/username to have more than one user type, but then during login, the user has to decide which user type they want to log into (maybe by selecting a dropdown option).

Update: about user roles

If you need to simply redirect users after logging in, use $redirectTo. Or if you need to decide what to do with the users depending on the roles after logging, you can make use of authenticated() method (add this method if it's not already there, it will overwrite the AuthenticatesUsers trait) inside your AuthController/LoginController.

Throughout your application, I'd suggest assigning middleware to route groups to restrict routes based on user roles. And yes, in your views and controllers you can use something like if(Auth::user()->hasRole('business')) when needed, but first you'll need to create the hasRole() method in your User model. If you feel it's getting complicated, you may try packages like laravel-permission and Entrust. I haven't tried them though :)