[Edit: I've added a more concrete example below]
I need to convert a custom PHP site to WordPress. The site has 60,000+ media items along with a ton of metadata, all of which needs to carry over to the new site. The media data is accessed via a local API and I've already figured out how to access the API in WordPress, so that's not a problem.
What I can't figure out is how to write a plugin so that
- the URL parameters determine what to show
(ideally via; and
- how and where to expose the plugin in WordPress.
In other words, how can I write a plugin so that the URLs
/authors/23456 resolve to pages showing only the correct content?
I would be really happy for a simple RTFM, if you can tell me where in the documentation to look. It's been about 10 years since I last did anything with WP, so everything is pretty new to me now. I'm not even sure where to look.
Edit Here's a more concrete example:
Say I want to put up a constantly updating podcast feed from RSS, or a list of Tweets from the Twitter API or something like that. Basically the source is accessed by a well-defined API (and I can easily handle the logic to load, parse and format that stuff); the data is all there, ready for reading.
What do I need to do to have that content show up in response to specific URL requests?
For example, if someone goes to
/podcasts/pages/1, how do I make the page content show the first page of podcast titles. And if they go to
/podcasts/items/oct-31-2015-wordpress, how do I get the podcast metadata to show up?
Do I use an action or filter? What hooks do I need to use? Do I use a custom post type instead?