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Thread: web site design

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    Hey I am trying to design a sports news website that will display the latest news on my high school's sports the thing is I want the site to change based on the season which should happen automatically based on specified calendar dates. Additionally, I want the main page to display the 5 newest articles for every category (track, basketball, wrestling, swimming, and etc.) Have a spot for rankings and you choose which sport you wanna see with a drop down box and the rankings will update and then have a mini calendar at the top displaying upcoming sport competetions.

    The most important feature I want is to have users be able to submit articles from the site and then have them validated, if they are not administrators, or just posted, if they are admins.

    How can this be done?

    Later on I want to be able to create RSS feeds and alerts through IM and email/txt messaging.

    i have a site "skeleton" here:

    obviously I am going to put images here instead of boxes like a better example of what i am looking for:

    thank you,


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    Well, it's going to require using a server-side language such
    as PHP/MySQL or Perl. I would start by finding out if your
    webhost allows PHP scripting and especially MySQL databases.

    Then, you'll have to either code the whole thing yourself, or
    purchase a script package that handles all of the user security
    stuff, log-ins, and uploading/displaying of articles.

    Here's just a few from a quick Google search:

    The reason I say PHP is that there's many more options to choose
    from. I just think it's important to pick the package as a whole
    system, with the administration functions built-in.

    This is not a simple project to code all by yourself, which is
    why it's wise to just purchase an existing script. There are
    some free ones available too, but expect no authors assistance or
    support for the free scripts if you run into trouble.

    I'm sure on a school budget they won't want to cough up the
    money for an existing script, but unless you know how to do it
    yourself ...

    Hope this helps,

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