I'm a WordPress newbie working on a Mac with MAMP. I have a series of database-driven websites that I'd like to incorporate into WordPress.
My biggest website focuses on biology, especially animals. The main database table has over 50,000 records for vertebrates alone. I have it set up so that pages that don't have matching content in the database still display some kind of text through PHP includes (e.g. "Canis lupus (common name wolf) is a species in the family Canidae.")
If I convert to WordPress, I obviously won't have time to create 50,000 blog pages, one at a time. Is there a way to import my database tables, or incorporate them into WordPress database tables, so that all 50,000 pages instantly display? And will I then be able to use a combination of PHP includes and database tables to insert text where no articles exist?
If the answer's yes, I imagine the explanation is long and complex, but you don't need to go into the gory details. For now, I'd just like to know if it can be done, and it would help if you could offer a brief explanation or offer some key words I can use to Google for more information.