I was trying to make my own CMS until I got hung up on a problem that I can’t solve. It involves PHP, MySQL and Apache mod_rewrite, and I think the only way I’ll ever conquer it is to find someone who already has a similar script up and running that they can share with me.
So I thought maybe I’d try to make my site with WordPress. Anyway, let me describe what I’m trying to do.
I’m working on a website focusing on the animal kingdom, currently powered by a single table that lists every animal taxon (order, family, species, etc.) in a child-parent relationship.
You can see a working model at http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/
It works perfectly, as long as the final segment in the URL consists of just one word drawm from one database table field – AND that one word is unique.
But if the URL happens to be http://www.geozoo.org/stacks/leo/, then my script doesn’t know if the parent is Panthera leo (the lion) or Antechinus leo (a marsupial).
Here, too, I run into problems. Panthera and leo are drawn from two different fields, and I have to deal with the space between them. Nothing seems to work.
I have a similar problem on my Topics page at http://www.geozoo.org/topics/ This works: http://www.geozoo.org/topics/tundra/ But this doesn’t: http://www.geozoo.org/topics/Temperate-Conifer-Forests/
Although this seems very complex for me, I think it would be pretty simple for someone who has worked with this kind of stuff before. So I just wondered if there are any WordPress fans out there who have database tables, PHP scripts and mod_rewrite rules that do this sort of thing which you’d be willing to share with me.
I’ve been asking advice on several forums for days, but I can’t make any of the suggestions I’ve been given work. I need to see the big picture – the whole picture – in order to understand how it works.
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