I’m looking for an efficient way to collate all blog posts into a menu of the following format:
Month representing the month(obviously), and the value inside the brackets representing the number of posts in that month. Once clicked, a search will then be made for all posts in that month, in that year.
I need it to be dynamic, picking up November automatically when a post is created in that month, and carrying on into December, into 2013 etc etc…
All I have is a UNIX timestamp for each post. I would really like to avoid using seperate functions to gather endless comlex arrays etc.
Any help much appreciated.
From your question, I understand you’re trying to come up with a query to group a number of elements by month and year. The following should do the trick:
SELECT YEAR(dateField) AS YEAR, MONTH(dateField) AS MONTH, COUNT(*) AS TOTAL FROM table GROUP BY YEAR, MONTH
Obviously, “dateField” being the name of your datetime/timestamp column and “table” being the name of your table.
More information on the GROUP BY clause and aggregate functions (such as the COUNT(*) function used above) here.