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Pretty much all of the content on the site is going to be dynamically generated (php + db backend)

What is the preferred "wordpress way" of passing data to a php template (set up as a template in a wordpress theme)

So the template would be something like

<?php

generate_content_based_on_this_variable(page);

?>

and I'd need to be able to pass it page for each different page


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So I have a page that, for simplicity, looks something like this

Hi everyone, this is page X The content here is generated from a db call:

SELECT * FROM db WHERE page=X

[Spit out db resultset here]

and the template would be something like

<?php

the_content()

$query='SELECT * FROM db WHERE page=X'
$result=$db->execute($query)
foreach($result as $row){
echo $row
}

?>
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1. What is the 'template'? Is it a html skeleton that is later filled with content generated by php? –  KalenGi Jul 23 '12 at 4:38
    
2. What sort of content are you displaying on your pages? Is it articles (posts) or some other type of content that cannot be produced by the regular WordPress posts mechanism? –  KalenGi Jul 23 '12 at 4:41
    
Its basically a dump of a db table (for now) The template is actually a custom template -- I copied the source from template:squirrel/page.php and added in some db statements after the the_content() call –  arcyqwerty Jul 23 '12 at 4:50
    
Basically a lot of the (nonstatic) content has to be generated in php. Ideally, I'd just want a wordpress shell (to manage users/styles/comments and such) with PHP content in place of all the static 'posts' –  arcyqwerty Jul 23 '12 at 4:51
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If you want to produce a page in WordPress whose structure and content are dynamically generated independent of the regular posts handling mechanism then:

  1. Create a new page with title "My Custom Page". This generates the page slug 'my-custom-page' by default.

  2. In the root of your active theme folder eg. \wp-content\themes\twentyeleven\ create a page template for this new page named page-my-custom-page.php.

  3. Put your custom php code inside the page template.

  4. Navigate to your-site.com/my-custom-page/ to see the results

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So this is similar to what I have already done (create a page based on a custom PHP template). My question is, can I create several more pages based on the same template such that each page pulls different info from the database –  arcyqwerty Jul 23 '12 at 13:42
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Yes. You simply pass a query argument to the page (eg. your-site.com/my-custom-page/?thepage=2) and then it picks data based on the value of the query argument. –  KalenGi Jul 23 '12 at 19:49
    
I want it to be more like mysite.com/pageX and mysite.com/pageY where the variable would be hardcoded in on the backend. PageX calls loads the template with argument 'X' whereas PageY loads it with argument 'Y' –  arcyqwerty Jul 23 '12 at 19:58
    
In that case you might want to look into wp_rewrite. It does a good job of handling custom urls –  KalenGi Jul 23 '12 at 21:54
    
Is there no way in WP just to have it do something like URL routing (/page/:id style) or use a render template or partial views or anything? –  arcyqwerty Jul 24 '12 at 1:31
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You're asking a pretty vague question, but I think you should check out the WordPress Template Hierarchy, it might help you get a better understanding of how WordPress behaves.

You can use page-$slug.php or page-$id.php to automatically include a page-specific template.

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Yeah, I already found that through google. –  arcyqwerty Jul 23 '12 at 3:37
    
I mean, I have a page that's based off of a template. But that template needs to change its db query based on which page is being loaded –  arcyqwerty Jul 23 '12 at 3:37
    
@arcyqwerty Huh? So confused. –  Brian Fegter Jul 23 '12 at 3:39
    
So I have created a page and a template. The page uses this template but needs to tell the template code what to query from the database –  arcyqwerty Jul 23 '12 at 3:40
    
I'll edit question –  arcyqwerty Jul 23 '12 at 3:40
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