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WordPress vs Animal Kingdom? (7 posts)

  1. WordBear
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I don't understand your forum system. I'm sure this isn't the right place to post my question(s), but I don't know where else to put it, so here goes.

    I want to create a content management system focusing on the animal kingdom. You can see the site I've been working on at http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/ Watch the navigation links at the top of the page and the column of names on the right as you try these URL's:


    I thought I could make a CMS by myself, but I quickly hit a brick wall at http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/Canis Here, I'm displaying names from TWO database table cells (child and parent), since species names traditionally include the parent genus (e.g. Canis lupus, Homo sapiens).

    The problem is the space between Canis and lupus and/or the fact that I'm drawing data from two cells. It's probably easy to fix, but I've tried several solutions without success. Everything seems to involve a mixture of MySQL, PHP and/or Apache mod_rewrite, and I'm so confused, I can scarcely concentrate on it any more.

    Basically, I want to be able to view pages at URL's like these:


    ...and I want to be able to access articles via different terms. For example, the following would all link to the same article:


    I'd also like to figure out how to make a "modified preorder tree traversal" script, like the one described at the popular tutorial at http://www.sitepoint.com/article/hierarchical-data-database/3

    So, if I download and install WordPress, are any of the things I described going to be a little easier to do? Am I likely to find forum members who have done these things who can share their scripts with me and help me along?

    I'm a beginner-intermediate at PHP and MySQL and just recently learned how make Apache mod_rewrite rules. I've installed and experimented with Mambo and Drupal, but they seem fairly difficult and somehow confining to me. WordPress seems a little less restrictive.


  2. Joni
    Posted 8 years ago #

    what is a "stack" and what is a "topic"? You could create all of this with heirarchal categories and turn permalinks "on" to achieve the clean urls you describe above.

    You could use a "tag" plugin to have different keywords or tags find the same article(s).


  3. WordBear
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Stack and topic are just the names of two pages I'm going to use to preview my articles. For example, articles about animals can be viewed at...


    Articles about various animal-related topics will be viewed at...


    Hierarchical categories is exactly what I need. I'm presently using the "adjacency" model with a database table listing animals in a child-parent relationship, though I'd also like to try to learn how to use the MPTT (mofified preorder tree traverse, or something like that).

    I guess I should just install WordPress and start playing with it. One reason it appeals to me is that my host already has it installed online in a "Fantastico" feature.

    Thanks for the tips.

  4. skippy
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You might also be interested in the structured blogging plugin, to allow you to disambiguate your "stacks" from your "topics".

  5. Joni
    Posted 8 years ago #

  6. eveums
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Skippy - looks like structuredblogging.com is down - is there another source for the plugin? Thanks!

  7. skippy
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Try http://www.structuredblogging.org instead -- that seems to be up.

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