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    PHP, ASP, What do I need?

    I really need some help deciding what hosting plan is right for me. The initial question is Linux or Windows. Please help me decide what I need. I am also trying to figure out if I need php pages or asp pages. I am stumpted and need some direction.

    Here is my info:

    My website: www.want2sharenetwork.com

    It is almost complete except for my issues that I need your answers to help me with.

    I created the entire site so far in html I it is fine up to this point but now I need to do things that I can't do in html.

    QUESTION # 1 : Do I need PHP or ASP for the following problems?

    #1 I need users to register & create logon. I need an account # assigned to them when their login is created.
    #2 I need them to record their name address telephone etc
    #3 I need them to complete a survey
    #4 I need them to have access to their bills & ability to pay their bills via Paly Pal Website Pro after they login using their registered account.

    Here is the tricky part. After they complete all of this information. I need the data recorded into a database. I need the ability to pull that data, change it, & add additional data at any point.

    I am hiring someone to do the pages for me in php but don't know if that is the right choice.

    Is php script capable of doing all of the above tasks or do I need an interactive script like ASP?

    The general idea is that I need to record all of this information and retrieve it and edit it at anytime.

    I am trying to do what anyone who signs up for service or pays their bills through say a phone company website. ASP or PHP that is the question. If I get that question answered then I know what web host / hosting platform to choose?

    Thanks for any help you can give.

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    PHP and ASP are both most certainly capable of doing everything you wanted. It is pretty much whatever you want; PHP would be a more portable solution since it can run on Windows or Linux. Linux based hosting is going to be cheaper than Windows usually as well.
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    IMO, php will be fine for what you need...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy
    PHP and ASP are both most certainly capable of doing everything you wanted. It is pretty much whatever you want; PHP would be a more portable solution since it can run on Windows or Linux. Linux based hosting is going to be cheaper than Windows usually as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    IMO, php will be fine for what you need...
    [SARCASM]
    The above are advertisements for PHP. For we make $0.02 commission every time we say PHP over ASP.
    [/SARCASM]

    If you already know VB6.0 and you do not want a high learning curve then I would suggest ASP. I would also suggest ASP.Net if you want a drag-n-drop environment for learning web development. Or you could just go the PHP route which was outlined above!
    Note: I do not test code. I just write it off the top of my head. There might be bugs in it! But if any thing I gave you the overall theory of what you need to accomplish. Also there are plenty of other ways to accomplish this same thing. I just gave one example of it. Other ways might be faster and more efficient.

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    ASP or PHP - either will do what you want in the hands of a properly skilled developer. I would spend your time worrying about whether or not you have the right developer (and you may), as that can make or break your project. Find a firm you are comfortable with, check references, see samples of work, make sure you don't just get assigned a "junior" employee, then let your development firm decide the technology to use based on their experience and what they support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpirtOfGrandeur
    [SARCASM]
    The above are advertisements for PHP. For we make $0.02 commission every time we say PHP over ASP.
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    If you already know VB6.0 and you do not want a high learning curve then I would suggest ASP. I would also suggest ASP.Net if you want a drag-n-drop environment for learning web development. Or you could just go the PHP route which was outlined above!
    Actually until a couple years ago, I liked ASP over PHP, in fact ASP was the first server side language I started using since I already knew VB. I still use both ASP and PHP, it just depends on what you are doing.
    OracleGuy


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