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Need direction for developing website and hosting it.

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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.


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Awesome thanks for the advice both of you. Still want to let it bake to get as much advice and opinions as possible and will give points to all good posters.

One other question related to the posts above. I don't think I mentioned it above but I also will need to create a retail based web site, considering that would the above tools and languages still work best for me to create a retail type site?
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The x.com site looks very interesting, I'll check that out too.

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Something else about the retail business, I know exactly what you mean. I've been selling products in Japan for about two years with a company similar to Amazon and it has done really well but once I get my own site up I would like to start selling independently as well as through the other site. I like the idea of having more than one resource for selling product.

Now the biggest challenge will be to get enough produce to justify my own site, I'm not too far off from that now but it will take some time, hopfully I can get a good site up and tweaked first. Logistics will be a challenge too but I think will be doable, really the biggest pain will be working out returns, oh-well, thats how it goes I guess.

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