to address the original question, I would suggest having a user database (you probably already do..) and doing something roughly like this..
in your user table, have fields for the username, password, and start page (plus whatever else)
once they've gone to the html login form, and (hopefully) entered their user name and password, you could do something a little like this..
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$str_user_sql = "SELECT fld_start_page FROM tbl_users WHERE fld_user_name = '" . $_POST['txt_user_name'] . "' AND fld_password = '" . $_POST['txt_password'] . "'";
$result = mysql_query($str_user_sql);
Okay, I hope that gives you an idea.. that's probably very rough code, it's there as a suggestion for an approach, rather than cut and paste. The idea is that you do a mysql query on the entered user name and password. If the users stored start page is retrieved, send them there, else send them to a 'access denied' page. There are a few other things I would add.. i.e. don't even run the query if the entered values for username and or password are zero length; check to make sure there's one and only one match if not zero length; use ob_start() and ob_end_flush() to avoid head problems when trying to redirect
let me know if this makes any sense, best of luck.