I have a background in server admining mostly Windows and VMWare with some Unix thrown in. I have done some simple scripting but nothing major, I took a VB class years ago and I think I have the aptitude to learn but just haven't put much in to programming the last several years, wish I would have kept up with it.
I need to create a few websites and was hoping you all could lead me in the right direction of what languages, tools etc. I should look at to start learning. And what platforms to run the site off of if I go that way and don't just hire a hosting company, I will most likely host it with a online company but I'm not sure how common it is for you to get involved with the server side of things.
Most likely I will still need to hire someone to help but I would like to do as much as I can though.
Basically I need to be able to just make a site that looks nice and I can easily secure and have secure accounts and users are able to sign up with a new account from the home page and I will probably need to program it to do some specific tasks like keep track of appointments and send emails or texts to a phone for example.
I need to create pages that the user can some what customize and make it easy to sort through the data. Like task 1 is under category 3 and I need to sort so I can see everything in category 3 and color code it.
I know there are sites that do what I mentioned above but there are many other things I am trying to do with it (following in future threads I'm sure).
So any direction you guys can give me on where to start would be greatly appreciated. I just want to learn something that is easy enough to learn but can still do what I need to do with it.