Looking for Advice with Website Building
Hi Everyone, I just signed up to the forum, hope to learn and contribute a lot.
I am a graphic designer and branched a little bit into web developing, predominantly with Adobe Muse.
However I am starting to get to the stage where Adobe Muse doesn't have all the features I need for certain clients.
My current client operates as a Yoga instructor and has decided to launch their own company. I have the design work complete but I am struggling on building the website.
The 3 steps I am struggling with are as follows:
- They want each customer to create a profile page with their own login details.
- Then they want them to be able to search the different classes that are being held.
- Then they want them to be able to pay directly through the site for the specific class.
(There are certain parameters that i must attach such as the customer being unable to search for a class that is full, my client having an admin page,
and each customer being sent a unique receipt that they present to the member of staff.)
My questions are:
- What is the best program to use to build this type of site? (I have adobe creative cloud so any programs in their would be a +)
- What type of coding language should the website be?
- and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated?
Thanks in advance guys.
I'm afraid CC won't really get you all the way. Unless you want to build this in Action Script . jk.
What is the best program to use to build this type of site? (I have adobe creative cloud so any programs in their would be a +)
This also addresses the first question: There are many tools available out there; when it comes to building this project, I doubt you will find a system that will let you build this application without any coding at all. At least for the time being. I personally would suggest you take a look into PHP, as it's a very wide spread language, perfectly capable of what you are trying to do, proven, not too hard to learn (it's still software engineering though) and with a huge eco system of frameworks and tools to build upon.
What type of coding language should the website be?
For an IDE, it's all about personal taste. I prefer phpStorm –*and NetBeans or Aptana Studio as free alternatives. All of those are available for the three big OS'.
I would try and look for a framework (Laravel, Symfony, Zend Framework, etc.) that allows you to kickstart your project, taking some of the heavy lifting (authentication, etc.) off your hands. Or alternatively a CMS –*Drupal, Typo3 or even Wordpress come to mind, which might get you further with out of the box plug and play modules/extensions/plugins, letting you extend them with the functionality you may need on top of what you are trying to build. All mentioned tools are built on PHP.
In fact, being a programming novice, the CMS approach would probably get you a lot further than starting with a framework. However, I would definitely advise you, to look for a developer to help you with questions that will arise and/or finish it up, should you hit a cliff too steep to climb as a novice.
Thanks a lot.
I didn't realize just how hard this task would be.
After looking around i think PHP is the way im going to go, but that could all change.
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