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Make an archive-like page in PHP?

Asked by klaas4 (2186points) August 28th, 2009


I want to make an archive for a news-system. My table’s as follows:

My plan is to make an archive like this:

The problem is that the script automatically has to put the years above the posts, so that I don’t have to keep adding an other instance every year.

To make it easier here is the function that has to be executed for every year: showarticlesfor($year);

If you understand and can help, it would be greatly appreciated. I’m looking forward to see how this works.. It really have no idea how to do this.

Thanks! Davey.

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Babbage's avatar

Hi Davey,

Here is some quick and dirty code for your ‘showarticlesfor($year)’ function which should get the job done (NOTE: I am assuming you are using MySQL as your DBMS):

function showarticlesfor($year){
$connection = mysql_connect(“MY_HOST”, “MY_USER_NAME”,“MY_PASSWORD”) or die(mysql_error());
mysql_select_db(“MY_DATABASE”, $connection);

$result = mysql_query(“SELECT title, DATE_FORMAT(, ’%d-%m’) FROM TABLE_NAME WHERE DATE_FORMAT(, ’%Y’) = ’$year’”, $connection) or die(mysql_error());

if(mysql_num_rows($result) > 0){
echo ”<br />$year<br /><br />”;
while($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result)){
echo ”{$row[“date”]} {$row[“title”]}<br />\n”;

Be sure to replace ‘MY_HOST’, ‘MY_USER_NAME’, ‘MY_PASSWORD’, ‘MY_DATABASE’, and TABLE_NAME with the appropriate information. Also note that using the word ‘date’ as a column title in your table is not a good idea, as a lot of DBMS have this as a reserved word for their function/datatype, so you have to reference it in a SELECT as ‘’.

Basically, you are selecting all the data from your table that has a year of $year. You are also formatting the date output to be “day-month”. If there were any records returned to you, we first output the year, followed by a few breaks, and finally by the records (the while loop).

PHP mysql_fetch_assoc()

klaas4's avatar

Hi @Babbage,

Thank you very much, but I already have the code for that. It is appreciated to see how someone else does it though.

The problem is those years: I’m looking for a script which can search the database for all the years that there are posts from, and then loop it so that I can use the function to display the articles for that year..

Thanks for thinking with me though. :)

Babbage's avatar

Well, there are a couple of ways to do that. You could try:


Or you could try:


Both should return only the [DISTINCT] years which appear in the table. You can then loop through the results (similar to the while() loop I posted before), and process them with the showarticlesfor() function.

klaas4's avatar

@Babbage Yeah, that’s what I meant! Thank you so very much, I’m gonna try right now!

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