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  • Hey guys/gals!

    I’m using gravity forms for a sign-up form and I set up a hidden field that is automatically filled with a random string generated and passed to the form by

    add_filter("gform_field_value_random_number", "generate_random_number");
    function generate_random_number($value){
       $value = substr(str_shuffle(str_repeat("0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ" ,5)), 0, 7);
     }

    This is to use as a unique coupon code/user.This field also appears in their user profile.

    Up to here all is well. Where I’m having trouble is checking the database that no user already has that coupon code. At first, I wanted to use get_user_meta, but that only works for one user_id at a time. I need it to check ALL users. So the second thing I thought of was to do a wpdb query somewhat like this:

    $wpdb->get_results(
    		"
    		SELECT meta_value
    		FROM $wpdb->usermeta
    		WHERE meta_key = 'Referral'
    		")

    My final function would basically be the following:
    -Generate random number and return the variable with it (ex: $value)
    -Do a while loop to check if $value already exists in the database
    -End loop when $value does not match anything in the database.

    I’m not sure how to make this happen. If anyone can give me a hand or point me in the right direction if this is wrong, it’d be much appreciated! 🙂

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