Hey, thanks NogDog.
I'm be using my web host (http://www.lunarpages.com) for the server, so I don't have absolute control over it. Most of the work I've done up until now has not had to deal with persistent connections, INNODB, etc... so I'm pretty unfamiliar with it.
Could you provide some basic guidelines for this type of application, and possibly tutorial sites that could help me out? I realize that this may be more complicated than I imagined, so if it would be a huge endeavour, I might have to consider doing something else.
Budget is nonexistent, by the way, since this is for a relatively small school project.