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    Not sure what language to use? Help!

    Hello all,

    I am currently working on a site, but am stuck at the moment. I am pretty new to coding.. I have HTML, CSS, and quite a but of Javascript down. Beyond that I am lost, which is why I'm posting this. I am not so sure what languages I should be learning next in order to complete the functionality aspect of the site. I am not going to go into full detail on the website. I will simply describe the functions that I am needing to get done in a round about way.

    Here is what I am needing the site to be able to do:

    1) Create a profile (Not a visual one such as Facebook or twitter). All I am needing the profiles to do is remember a few inputs as well as some of the actions those people can physically perform (ex. James with Denver Water Supply LLC. can "Jump through a hoop" and "pat his head") I need the server to be able to remember what these "Profile creators" can do.

    2) when a visitor who needs something that James can do they visit the site and submit an inquiry looking for someone who can "Jump through a hoop". Upon submission of the inquiry, triggers an email sent to James (Based off of his information he input "Jump through hoops" was specified when he "created a profile") and allow James to email back to that inquiry which is then passed through the site and back to the initial inquirer.

    3) Allow the user to select James to "jump through a hoop" for him based off of the info he mailed back and trigger a charge on James' credit card.

    All I need to know is the languages I need in order to finish this functionality of the website. If it makes no sense to you please feel free to PM me, or post questions on here!

    Thanks!

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    You need to look into a database and server side language for this - for example mySQL and PHP. I'd suggest this is needed not so much to finish the website as to build most of it.
    Use the W3C HTML Validator and CSS Validator to check your code and Firebug to see what css is applied to an element
    Read Steve Krug's book Don't Make Me Think - essential reading on web usability
    I don't recommend much, but I do recommend Clook for UK web hosting

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    PHP is a server-side language that can be used to control, if you like, the html.
    Have a look at some PHP tutorials (not w3schools if you can avoid it) and you'll see how it works.
    Use the W3C HTML Validator and CSS Validator to check your code and Firebug to see what css is applied to an element
    Read Steve Krug's book Don't Make Me Think - essential reading on web usability
    I don't recommend much, but I do recommend Clook for UK web hosting

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    PHP is a good choice and there are many open source PHP tools available for web design and development.


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