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Setting a !Joomla 2.58 based page driven by menu items, each looking into a tiny SQL DB to retrieve a list of articles and then populates 3 zones of the page.
I have something working, but with no SQL DB : I code each list into a module .. :-(
For the moment I have nearly 300 articles. May growth significantly to 1000 / 1500.
The design of the page is as follow :
a) Top image with menu
c) Two zones side by side : containing each one line of text. The first one depends on the menu item selected, the second one based on ... see above
d) Two zones side by side. The right one contains the article the user is reading. The left one is a display module containing a list of articles titles. When the user clicks an article's title, the full article appears on the right zone and the title of the article appears also into the second zone mentioned in the previous paragraph (c)).
This mechanism seems simple.
For each of the (nearly) 40 items of the menu, I am able to give a list of 5 to 30 articles (given by IDs). One article can belongs to many items of the menu.
For the moment, for each 40 items of the menu, I set up a module to code the list of the article's ID !!
Certainly not the best way.
I would like to set up a tiny SQL Database along with !Joomla and something simple to manage ID list.
Of course, I need PHP lines to set up the code between menu item, the list of article to show and the page to display the result.
Certainly something simple if you know !Joomla, SQL DB and PHP.
3 extra tiny developments are included in this first deal.
D1) If the list of articles is too long, then break it by sets of 10 or 15 with buttons to browse from set to set.
D2) The list could be sorted (small radio buttons) by date, by most read, by IDS or A=>Z (alphabetically)
D3) Set a 'search tool' (very standard) that, after hitting [Enter] to validate, push the list of all found article into the same type of page (described upper).