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#1 pasham

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 02:30 PM

Hello. I have a html website that is becoming harder and harder to manage since html is all manual... Want to re-do my site in php, BUT ! so far i can not find a single tutorial, guide or anything else that explains in simple english how php web building works. All i have found is info on how parsing, variables, this, that tech stuff that dont tell me anything. Looking at this site, for example, i like how menues look, what that little blue bar on top, how do i make that for example? Or, in html i know that index is first file and inside is code to call different pictures to display and text and so on, but all i saw in tutorials is programming code.
Can someone point me into right derection for info on how to make html site look like php site. I know this may sound stupid but do i really have to spend 6-9 months taking a cource in php to learn it, or is it simpler then that?

I have installed and tried phpnuke on my server, but also found it too complicated to transfer graphics and content from my excisting html based site into nuke. nuke has alot more thatn i need. my site has 5 menues on the left side, phpbb forum, total maybe 30 html files. this is my site, www.maloestado.com/main.htm its in russian but gives you visual look. what i want is uniform and conformity, neatness and dynamics. how should i go about it? in my phpbb forum i edited some files to put in my banner on top, that was easy, how do make rest of my site php?

#2 Orio

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 03:24 PM

Start off by reading the w3schools tutorial:
[a href=\"http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp[/a]

And always use www.php.net to search for functions you want to understand better and such.
Then start learning about all kinds of functions, and when you feel like it, learn MySQL.

I never checked the phpfreaks tutorial, so I cant say anything about it.

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#3 wildteen88

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 03:49 PM

PHP is a (web) programming langauge. It allows you to build complex web applications such as forums, blogging sites etc. PHP is not like HTML where you can get a site up and running in less than 5 minutes. If you want to create a PHP enabled websitwe you still need to use HTML to make the overal layout of your site and CSS to apply styles to your site.

If you want a site that is powered by PHP (and MySQL) then you will need to site down and learn PHP (and MySQL) as PHP is a programming lanaguage it'll take a lot longer to learn it. Finding tutorials on PHP isn't a problem as it such a popular programming language for websites. As someone has pointed out above read through the PHP tutorials over at w3schools.com and if you want a database backend too then you'll want to learn abit about SQL.

Another good site to learn PHP and MySQL would be [a href=\"http://www.php-mysql-tutorial.com/\" target=\"_blank\"]php-mysql-tutorial.com[/a]. This site steps you through the basics of PHP and MySQL and then moves on to creating small web applications such as a Guestbook, User Authentication and also steps you through how to create bigger applications too like a Content Management System.

But the fun dont stop there. There are plenty of books on PHP and MySQL that teachs you more advanced web applications and programming methods such as OOP etc. However you should always bookmark [a href=\"http://www.php.net\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.php.net[/a] as this is the first place you should always go to learn how to use a certain PHP function and other PHP releated stuff too.

#4 pasham

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 03:02 AM

If you want to create a PHP enabled websitwe you still need to use HTML to make the overal layout of your site and CSS to apply styles to your site.

did i understand you correctly? all the visual part (how web site looks) is done by CSS ? and php is only a back-end operation, and processing/delivery of data?

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