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Building a Site Engine with PHP, Part 5

So you want to use your site engine that youíve been working on? Okay, now is the time for me to show you how to add plug-ins, modules, blocks, and templates to your database so that they will work with your engine. Itís not that hard to do, and with just a few simple steps, youíll be running your site off your new stylish site engine in no time.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Building a Site Engine with PHP, Part 5
  2. Plug it in, Plug it in!
  3. All your Modules Belong to MySQL
  4. Improve your Blocking Skills
  5. Build your very own Theme Park!
By: James Murray
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July 19, 2004

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The easiest thing to do to install your components into your site engine is to get a GUI for MySQL. The one I use is called MySQL Front, which Iím not sure is available anymore. Thereís also another one available from the MySQL website called MySQL command console. This will make it a lot easier to work with MySQL when doing the following things, mostly because thereís a lot to do when installing the components of your site engine when you try to do it through a command line interface.

First, you need to know what things are a must when using a site engine such as this one. Plug-ins arenít dependant on anything other than themselves. Modules are dependant on plug-ins, therefore you must have a plug-in installed for the module to connect to. Blocks are dependant on both modules and plug-ins. So you must make sure that you have installed the plug-in and the module that the block depends on to load, or else youíll get some nasty results. 

Itís also a pretty good idea to make a list of all your plug-ins, modules, and blocks so that way you can check them off as you install them because sometimes it gets a little confusing when you are working in the database and you no longer see the names of the files, only numbers relating to the ID of each component. Iíve been known to write it down on paper, along with the ID number of each, as I add them to the database, and yes, I do use a lot of paper. 



 
 
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