Making attractive php-based forms. Help get me out of the Dark Ages.
Posted on 2010-01-02
After months of work on a php database project, I was praised for the site's functionality, but asked to make the pages prettier. I asked for an example of something they thought looked nice, and they pointed to some Windows applications. Sure, it's easy to format, change widget sizes, and add images & color in the Visual Studio GUI--not so much when developing for web browsers in HTML.
Since this project is coded in php (with some jQuery), that's what outputs the html. So if I want 5 rows and 3 columns of text fields, I have been using <table><tr><td>, etc. It's tough getting a lot of control over exact layout and changing colors. There are php loops used to fill dropdowns with their contents from the database, etc.
Is there some quantum leap tool I don't know about? Some kind of form designer that would allow me to lay out all the controls on the page as desired,with a lot of control over placement and aesthetics, and then allow me to integrate the php behind it that does all the database work?
I'm just looking for ideas here because I think there are better methods out there than what I am doing. Any advice would be helpful.