At 11:40 AM -0400 3/20/10, Jason Pruim wrote:
I know you are all probably thinking "What does this have to do with
PHP?" and in reality... It's probably stretching it a little bit...
BUT I am in the process of writing a blog software (Yes I'm aware of
all the open source, and paid stuff out there... I'm doing this to
learn :)) I am looking at adding "categories" to my blog posts so I
can organize my drivel into something that looks somewhat
professional, or at the very least, organized so you can filter out
all the crap...
What I'm wondering about though, is would it be better from a
database design stand point to do a database field for "categories"
and then in there put "Personal", "Business", "Crap I found funny"
Basically 1 database field for all the categories I decide to use.
OR should I go the other route and do 1 database field for each
This is going to be a small blog to start, but I guess I should
always be looking at performance, security, & maintainability right?
I did read the post that tedd put up about looking at storing
variables differently and am considering going that route... But
just wanted to know what you all think :)
Oh.... I'm also not expecting to have more then 4 or 5 categories at
the most.... Unless I release the blog to the public and take
wordpress down :P
So any help would be greatly appreciated :)
Basically whatever everyone else said, namely use a table to record
every category you may want and that practice provides:
You may want to add additional categories and adding it in one table
makes sense over adding it to one, or more, selection controls you
may have across your web site.
2) Changing the name of any category.
You may find later (after hundreds of blog entires) that the category
"Crap I found funny" has just been reviewed by your boss, wife, or
mother-in-law and they have demanded that you change it to something
more appropriate (according to them). If you used a table, then it's
a simple matter to change it over hundred's of post. However, if you
didn't, then you have a lot of work to do.
I have a sort-of blog entry script I add to any page on my site where
I want people to comment (see http://sperling.com/examples/new-menuh/
for an example).
The coding to add this feature is a simple one line include
statement. The included script looks at the page where it has been
placed and creates a space for that page's related comments in the
database. After which, whenever that page is loaded, the script calls
out the appropriate entries and displays them. The entire process is
The point I'm trying to express here is one of creating a script that
doesn't require any customization for use. This is just food for
thought when thinking about how to do this.
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