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    Question Hello All from Hollyweird

    I came here because I was hoping for some direction from the community. I wanted to develop a website that did something fairly simple (a little more on that later). I created a domain and purchased the WebsiteBuilder package from GoDaddy (ALGAEBRAS dot COM). I list the name of my domain because I thought you might get a chuckle about what I found (after buying the domain) doing a google search on that word. Algaebras are what smart mermaids wear. Certainly, not the intention for the site.

    The site was intended to be a math site that provided practice problems to help reinforce basic algebra concepts. I have the basic layout designed, and it is up and live using the GoDaddy website software. Unfortunately, it is insufficient for my design needs. I next called GoDaddy and asked what software was provided with their other hosting packages and they said WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. I then went to Amazon and purchased or borrowed from free sources Kindle versions for these three programs, and am just about done reading WordPress Domination-Beginner to Ninja in 7 days.

    The reason I have joined this forum is to get some direction on what open source alternatives are available to best suit my needs. What programs and/or languages do I need to learn so I can publish my website.

    Initial development I/O issues involve arithmetic problems with terms landing on the petals of a flower (3, 5, 8, 13 petaled flowers) and the operands (*, /, +, -) landing in between the petals. I want to write a simple routine that will automatically generate problems based on the following criteria:

    1. Each number on the petals is a single digit integer from 1-9.
    2. Three tests (flowchart level logic already written for these) need to be performed to ensure the answer is a positive integer (e.g., no negative or fractional solutions).
    3. User inputs an answer to the presented problem, and is then 'graded' for correct answer.
    4. User gets a new problem if they answer correctly, otherwise they are prompted to try an easier problem (displays a new picture [or animated cartoon] and the solution worked out).

    Currently, the site has four stationary or fixed 'algaebras' problems rather than the envisioned variable problemed site. I wanted to avoid a large database of possible problems, and why the above routine is necessary.

    My question is this, of the three, WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, where should I concentrate my learning efforts . Also, in what language would I be writing the code for the above problem generator (i.e., is this what HTML does, or is it done in the website development program)? Later, I will need to develop a database for the factoring diamond problems which cannot be automatically generated.


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