I have a beginner's question. It's loaded, but please bear with me.
I have a project I'm trying to get off the ground. I don't know where to start. There is a learning curve for Templates and Plugins. I want to know where to spend my energies.
The drop down fields will get their information from the database. I know how to do that with one field, but not two - can I use the same method to add a second drop down field? Each new file upload will save as a separate database entity (separate from regular post, page submissions). The family will also be able to use a hierarchical comment structure for each file upload. I hope these file uploads will add up to tens of thousands in the next few years. I would like the option to archive these submissions.
How should I approach this situation? This is what I have up to now:
- Create a plugin
- Create custom fields for the data used in the drop-down fields
- Manage the drop-down database entries using a back end interface
I do not know what method to use to store the submitted form data.
Can you help me figure this out? Is there an easier way (other than using a pre-existing solution)?
I have been programming with PHP and MySQL for over 6 years, and I usually use Joomla!. My experience with Joomla is limited, I did some template rejigging. Now, I am trying WordPress and it appears to be solid and fun. I come from a place where I have to set up the looping, DB connections, image upload scripts, validation, etc. - I did everything. The API for WordPress confuses me, I have been reading for a week on hooks, custom fields, get/set/update post_meta, etc... All I understand is that custom fields allow me to save one-dimensional data. I know I am wrong, but I am stuck.
I love to program, it's relaxing for me and it's a hobby. This is why I want to build this plugin without getting an existing solution. Any help is appreciated!