Login to remote site with PHP cURL

I had let this go for a good while but revisited it later. Since this question is viewed regularly. This is eventually what I ended up using that worked for me.

//username and password of account
$username = trim($values["email"]);
$password = trim($values["password"]);

//set the directory for the cookie using defined document root var
$path = DOC_ROOT."/ctemp";
//build a unique path with every request to store. the info per user with custom func. I used this function to build unique paths based on member ID, that was for my use case. It can be a regular dir.
//$path = build_unique_path($path); // this was for my use case

//login form action url
$postinfo = "email=".$username."&password=".$password;

$cookie_file_path = $path."/cookie.txt";

$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, false);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_NOBODY, false);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 0);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, $cookie_file_path);
//set the cookie the site has for certain features, this is optional
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIE, "cookiename=0");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT,
    "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.12) Gecko/20050915 Firefox/1.0.7");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 0);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, "POST");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $postinfo);

//page with the content I want to grab
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, "http://www.example.com/page/");
//do stuff with the info with DomDocument() etc
$html = curl_exec($ch);

Update: This code was never meant to be a copy and paste. It was to show how I used it for my specific use case. You should adapt it to your code as needed. Such as directories, vars etc

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