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  1. #1
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    Hello everybody!

    I am currently working on a website that aims to provide sport stories and news with articles, rankings, player profiles, etc. The site will therefore contain a lot of content but should also be visually appealing. The site will be somewhat of a blog in terms of interlinking articles, having an archive, allowing the opportunity to comment, but also a more in-depth website with content like rankings or submission forms.

    I am currently writing the whole thing in HTML as I only recently learned more about webdesign and started with HTML. It is shaping up very nicely but I am concerned that the management of the content will become difficult over time. Currently, I would have to not only create a new site (from template) for a new article but also manually add the article to a column of recent articles (and delete the oldest article in said column), add the article to the archive, and possibly link the article on the front page. If I'd change the rankings, I'd have to change the code specifically as well. I don't mind the process, but I think it could be a lot easier.

    Ideally, I would be able to add content through a management system which allows me to check where I want to place the content (e.g. front page and articles page) and allows me to modify the ranking by simple drag and drop. The would be the ideal, but probably very hard to realize.

    What I came here for is advice on whether or not, and if so how, such a venture would be possible and what programs and programming languages I would have to familiarize myself with. I am using Adobe Dreamweaver and I think PHP would probably allow me to do what I want to do!? Maybe!? Once I know how to start, I can begin reading up on everything to realize my project. Btw, ideally, I could just "copy" the design I already set up instead of rebuilding everything :-)

    Thank you very much in advance for all your help!

    P.S.: The website is not online yet as I am still building it, but sites like all the SB Nation Blogs (e.g. for the blog content and the NFL website (e.g. for the rankings may give you an idea of what I am talking about.


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    After you learn HTML I would suggest for you to pickup wordpress. Than after learning wordpress there is a new addition for it called buddy press. Many people are going this route because buddy press is more towards a low end solution for a forum. I prefer Joomla myself because the user panned is better designed and the code is cleaner. Some may recommend drupal but in experience the development is crap and trying to make custom code snippets is a pain. Wordpress does have a huge fan base and plenty of free quality code plugins. Joomla and drupal to me are more geared to someone with more programming and developer knowledge. All are great, if you get too large you may have to go VPN hosting. Now I would assume you are on a shared hosting provider. If you get big and want more interaction look into a forum. I use vBulletin because the support and plugins are awesome. VBulletin is costly upfront, but there is a solution to it similar which is called phpBB. PhpBB is free. Both forums are php based.

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    A content management system would be the easiest way to implement this...

    Lacking php skills, you might want to look at some simple php includes...

    What you basically do is create some "common sections" that will be on every page... Using standard HTML markup ( that you understand)...

    Most people that use this create sections like... Header, footer, navigation, link list of recent articles, etc....

    Then you just need to rename your current pages with the .php extension...

    Then insert the code for your includes in the pages where the sections need to be.

    Ideally, this should be considered and planned while the site is being built... That way, you just create a blank template... When you need to create a new page... You open the blank template... Save as... Your new page... Then fill in the content an publish... Then you go to either the navigation include, update it, push it to server and done...

    That's the best part of using includes for the common parts of a page... You can change one file... Upload it, and all the pages on the server that use that include will then show the updated content.

    Most content management systems are based on using includes for templates, navigation, link list, etc...

    For the comments part, there's really no easy way of doing that so as to keep your site secure...

    Perhaps a content management system would be a good pace to start... most decent hosting providers offer WP installs as a pre-installed application...

    There are many WP tutorials that teach you how to make themes... Perhaps you can take what you've already done and make a theme out of it ?

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