PHP is not a database, it is a web programming language that will interact with a database such as mysql. PHP & MySQL are probably the most widely used web technologies for creating and interacting with a database. If you are not much of a programmer, then you would be best off to hire someone or look for a ready-made script. You must also host the website on a server that can handle the technology that you are going to use. PHP must be installed on the server for PHP web applications to run and MySQL must be installed on the server to create MySQL databases and etc... Most shared hosting plans are on a linux server and will include these.
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I do my own programming and have looked at many CMS system on the market and have always come back to programming my own stuff.
Here is why
- Open Source CMS are very powerfull now. They have lots and lots of functionallty- And therefore are sometimes a bit hard to learn/understand
- Open Source makes you dependend of developers.
- Wide spread makes it interesting for hackers, so many patches will come up which you should implement - ore upgrade. Compatability issue
- So I have created many sites for clients on a very simple basis - Ok its still some programming behind it but it custom fit. My CMS are tailerd to the need of the customers.
So what is my advice here.
Find out exactely what the client needs
- check out a open source CMS System to see if it fits
- or have any programmer (not me) build a simple CMS for your clients needs
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