Multiple Image Upload


I need to upload “up to 4” images. The user has a choice of how many images they want to upload but no more than 4. Currently i have the following code:


    public function insertItems($category){
        $sql = "INSERT INTO tbl_items
            (catID, name, description, price, colours, image_1, image_2, image_3, image_4, google, date_added, deleted) VALUES
        $result = mysql_query($sql);
        return "Successfully added item";

Then i have 4 image upload files on a page like so:

<input type="file" name="image1" id="image1" value=""/>
<input type="file" name="image2" id="image2" value=""/>
<input type="file" name="image3" id="image3" value=""/>
<input type="file" name="image4" id="image4" value=""/>

Once i hit submit i would do something like this:

    $target_path = "../productimages/";
    $target_path = $target_path . basename( $_FILES['image']['name']);

    if(move_uploaded_file($_FILES['image']['tmp_name'], $target_path)) {
        echo "The file ".  basename( $_FILES['image']['name']).
        " has been uploaded";
    } else{
        echo "There was an error uploading the file, please try again!";

        $message = Items::updateItem();
        header('location: manage-products.php');

But this would only be for one image, and i am SURE that there is a better way of doing this rather than repeating these lines 4 times for each image upload…?

How can i make this work? Can someone help?


I was thinking of an array of image uploads? But i don’t know if this is the right way to go?

How can i do this?

Can someone please offer anyadvice as to how I need to to go about doing this? Thanks