Is it possible to group and_where / or_where / or_like... statements together so as not to mix with other and/where statements.
Something that would result in
WHERE city = 'My City' AND state = 'My State' AND (name LIKE %name1%
OR name LIKE %name2%)
$this->db->where() allows you to write clauses manually. You could do this:
$this->db->where('city', 'My City'); $this->db->where('state', 'My State'); $this->db->where('(name LIKE %name1% OR name LIKE %name2%)', null, false);
Setting the third parameter for false prevents CodeIgniter from trying to add backticks to the clause.
Check out the Active Record documentation. The section titled $this->db->where(); explains the four methods you can use to set WHERE clauses.