I have always wanted to start my own website but due to procrastination and financial restrictions that has always seemed as a far fetched dream. Anyway ever since I stumbled on this website my intrest for web designing has trebled and I have gotten to a stage whereby I feel I could design my own website. I have as a result taken advise and signed up for one of the free tripod websites but I have hit a couple of stumbling blocks.
1) There are a couple of tools Php4u with MySQL, Webftp and front page - now the question is am I supposed to use all these tools to design my websiteor am I suposed to master just one
2) I am learning Php4u using the tutorial, the MySql bit went alright by the way but the Php thing confuses me. I mean I cant make the easiest of all php commands work. The tutorial says
Create a file called test.php with the following line:
<?php print(Date("l F d,Y")); ?>
Store this file in your Web documents directory and open it with your browser. You will then see a HTML page with the current date, as shown below:
Saturday September 16,2006
Where am I supposed to write this script - is there a special program I should install to do this. I wrote it on widows notepad and saved it as a test.php but I was supposd to save it in "Web documents directory" - how do I find this directory.
3) I like practical learning - hands on - and I was wondering if Tripod was the best way to learn or there were far better sites
You'll need to upload the php file to some webspace that supports php/mysql or alternatively install a web server environment on your PC. I would suggest just using a free host for testing out php/mysql. You could try http://www.xeepo.com they support php/mysql.
If you want to install something on your PC then try a product called XAMMP
You may want to concentrate on developing some basic HTML skills before moving onto a scripting language such as php.
Perhaps start off with a WYSIWYG type application such as Front Page and have a go at building a static type site.
Run a local server, to do all your developing/experimenting on, this in itself will also add to your learning curve. Then when you think you are ready to release your creations on the world move your site(s) to a public web server.
I mean no offence by this so please don't take it the wrong way as I am only making assumptions about your current skill level from what you have posted.
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