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You may be familiar with relational databases, but what is a relational content management system? Read on to learn how to build this system, which helps you create a search engine friendly site fairly quickly.

  1. Building a Relational Content Management System in PHP/MySQL
  2. The Rewrite
  3. The Common Functions
  4. Managing Articles
  5. Displaying the Articles
By: Roger Stringer
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December 20, 2005

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Okay, so now we've reached the fun part, actually displaying the articles for people to read.

Create a file called "index.php":

  $mode = isset($_REQUEST['mode']) ? $_REQUEST['mode'] : '';
  $seoname = isset($_REQUEST['seoname']) ? $_REQUEST
['seoname'] : '';
  if( !empty($seoname) ){
    $seoname = explode("-",$seoname);
    $seoname = end($seoname);
<table width=100%>
  <td width=200>
  $leftMenu = getPages('parent','0');
  foreach($leftMenu as $id=>$page){
    echo "<a href='{$page['seoname']}.html'>{$page['title']}
  if( !empty($seoname) ){
    $page = getPage('seoname',$seoname);
    $page = getPage('id','1');
  $kids = getPages('parent',$page['id']);
  if( count($kids) > 0 ){
    foreach($kids as $id=>$kid){
      echo "<a href='{$page['seoname']}-{$kid['seoname']}.html'>
      echo "<p>{$kid['summary']}</p>";

Here, we look to see whether we've passed the $seoname variable, and if we have, we split it into an array and grab its last value. This lets us use that as the article id and display the current article. We can build on this system quite easily.


There we have it: a quick, easy to use Relational CMS.

This CMS can be built on pretty easily and quickly, but I wanted to get the basics down here first.

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