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I think this is possible but after thinking about it i have not a clue how this could be innitiated, any help would be greatly appreciated (I know everyone on here is so helpful)
If you dont understand please let me know and i'll try and simplify it.
for the link just select the story with the max id, I assume there is an id of some kind. You could also select by date descending and limit to 1 result
I would suggest getting some of that software and studying how it does the things you want to do, you can then reproduce it more easily.
each post would need to be in a category
you could then write a select query that does what I laid out
to list the number in a cat
select count(post_id) as totalposts from posts where cat_id=3
then a page of listings, newest to oldest
select * from posts where cat_id=3 order by postdate desc limit 10
or something of that nature