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Thread: Novice: should I use PHP or HTML for our new website?

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    Novice: should I use PHP or HTML for our new website?

    Hello.

    This website looks rather outdated (prageruniversity.com), and we want to modernize it (rebuilt it - in a way that will be very "wow").

    I won't go into details, but we are having some sort of a short circuit in our staff, and our web guy kind'a disappeared on us.

    I am trying to figure out some stuff, and would love to get your input.

    A site like this (has YouTube videos, accepts donations, has a blog, has option to buy shirts - so it has a cart and a checkout and accounts, and so on)..... what language would you use for such a site? Is PHP the best solution? Or can we use HTML?

    I am very layman when it comes to this, but I was told PHP is faster because it runs on the servers instead of the personal computer of the user?

    The site has about between 2,000 to 5,000 visits per day and growing. In case this is relevant to the language as well.

    Any advice would b

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    You're going to get a lot of feedback on this. Basically, you are going to be using HTML - that is the 'language' of the web so there is no way around it. You're going to be using CSS as well in order to do those fancy design things you're envisioning. That said you can certainly use PHP to drive it, as well as a bunch of other tools that can do the job. That is your real question. Things like PERL, RUBY, etc. are out there. Reading the literature that's available (not the first time this question has been asked) you will see that many feel that php is the way to go since it is so popular and there is so much info out there to help you.

    Gotta ask - if this is a real university, how come a newbie such as you (no offense) is being asked to join the re-design and development of the school's website? Dont' they have staff of their own or money to hire a development team?

    BTW - your current site is already using php for some of its pages.

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    Wow thank so much for that informative answer. I do appreciate it!
    SO Ruby (did you mean Ruby on Rails), for example, is a software which helps code PHP?

    Regarding your question, you are right, no offense taken whatsoever. The story is a long one. I am not the web guy. I am trying to understand the ins and outs of this from a theoretical perspective (which might later develop deeper into the development).

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    I didn't say Ruby had anything to do with PHP - it is just a choice of language. I actually know nothing about it.

    The site seems to be very rich and complex (codewise). This would not be an easy undertaking from what I can see of the viewable html/js, etc. To do a complete rewrite would be a big job.

    Good luck.

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    You can use them together to create dynamic pages....
    HTML makes up the basic content of the page, php enables the page to 'react' to events or conditions, and adapt the HTML accordingly.
    PHP is server side, HTML is browser side. You don't see the php unless you're doing it yourself...you can see the HTML.
    They do completely different jobs, but work together.

    Hope this helps.

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