In my database i have fields of id,title,article,date and permalink
The permalink is made from the title removing spaces and adding a dash instead. Also making everything small letters.
So a title of “this is news 4 you today” becomes “this-is-news-4-you-today”
For now I want the URL to show the permalink i created, but i also want to have it so when you hover over a news link it will show the desired url instead of the ?id=6 etc
Any help would be great
I need a good tutorial because I get confused reading everything
The tutorial you’re after is linked in my signature where I describe why you can’t convert id=6 to “this-is-news-4-you-today” (i.e., Apache is not clairvoyant) and how to work around that using PHP to convert your links (similar to what you’ve done). Additionally, I’ve often displayed the mod_rewrite code I use for a client at http://wilderness-wally.com/ where I simply use titles (after removing reserved characters and converting spaces to _'s [to allow the client to use a hyphen in his titles]). If you search and can’t find ‘wilderness-wally’, please ask for the mod_rewrite again - but ONLY after reading the tutorial which explains it all (because I won’t code for ‘script kiddies,’ I insist that a valid attempt is made to create your own code then I’ll provide kudos for what was correct and explain for everyone why something would be wrong … or not optimal).
I have looked at your tutorial / help and it is useful but im sorry I just cant get my head around it all.
I do understand that I cant use the mod rewrite to change the news.html?id=2 to news/news-article.html.
I also know clearly that i cant just drop in the url from my db to make the users link look like that news/news-article.html and my php would be
but then i could end up having two news titles with the same name
So I started again to keep it simple for myself I have two files (index.php and news.php) the index is simpily a link to the news.php page. I do have a mod rewrite so change the .php to .html in the url in withing the document the link itself is a href=“news.html” instead of “.php”
In my db i called test i have 1 table called news with fields of (id,title,article,permalink,date,hide)
The news page will list the news titles and date posted. Here im stuck again the link is built <a href=\“news.html?id=$newsid\”>$title</a> and shows up as news.html?id=2
I KNOW I cant use a permalink because of the 2 same title problems also how does one perform the sql query
This is my news page. I dont wish for anyone to write my code for my but please any extra help would be greatly appricated as this is starting to play on my mind so much
Indeed, there is so much there and the bit about id vs title is so small that it would easily be overlooked!
Because you’re attempting to do what I did for http://wilderness-wally.com, i.e., use titles for the links EVERYWHERE, you can do what you were writing about by some minor thought process changes:
Your articles are currently linked by id. Get that out of your head!
Ensure that your titles are UNIQUE in your database, i.e., SELECTing using a title will not return multiple records. UNIQUE is a feature of the MySQL database and has been for many years.
Create your links using the titles, i.e., <a href=“<?=$title2?>” title=“<?=$title1?>”><?=$title1?></a> where $title1 is the title in the database with all the spaces, etc. There are some characters which you must NEVER use (because they are reserved in a URI) but the spaces are your main concern. $title2 is the same as $title1 with the spaces replaced by another character (I use 's because underscores do not occur in natural text whereas -‘s do occur naturally). <?php $title2 = str_replace(’ ‘,’',$title1); ?> will make that conversion for you.
When a request is processed by mod_rewrite, the title is captured (because it doesn’t match a file or directory [and uses ^([-a-zA-Z0-9_&'!\…]+)$ for the RewriteRule’s regex]) and is used as the query string for the display script.
The display script captures the query string and converts the _'s back to spaces with another str_replace directive BEFORE querying the database looking for a match for the title (rather than the id as you’d been using).
“Easy-peasy” and “Bob’s your uncle” (or aunt as the case may be) and you’ll have a site as sweet as Wilderness Wally!
Thank you I am starting to so of get my head around this.
I have my links nearly exactly the way you have shown it my line is as the following
$op .= “<td><a href=\”$title2\" title=\“$title1\”>$title1</a></td>“;
Yours is <a href=”<?=$title2?>" title=“<?=$title1?>”><?=$title1?></a>
I think these are the same.
Im assuming here that your <?= ?> are the tags. I think im right here.
And if so I am looking at yours I dont see where the ?=title is, just title= (will that create a query string?)
It is making the link display the way i wish but now I dont know how to do the query now.