New complex website

Please know where I am starting;  I am a windows sys admin.  I have run and maintained several websites that are simple, html.  I have minor experience with perl, asp and php.  I have separate experience with DB's as well, but very little with mysql.
So.
   I now want to make a more complicated website, but I am not sure what questions I should be researching, process, or tools that might help.
   The website will be a pay to register or subscription based.  The website will maintain a DB of information on each user, and run queries to match information.  Now that I think about it, kind a like a dating website.  Two users login, enter a bunch of info, and then a search will find matches.

So where do I start????
I have never done a login website.  I am not sure how to right a website that will use functions to query a DB or even populate it.  I need to know if there are any good tools I can use, and what I should be researching.  So simple links would be awesome.

Thank you all!
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
For me the most natural choice is a LAMP stack (Linux, apache, mysql, php) which also is the most populate configuration on the internet which makes getting support easy.  

I don'r know if you have used object oriented programming, PHP supports both older procedural programming and OOP, and the two can be used together.  mysql uses a syntax the is pretty much standard SQL that is quite intuitive, and php and mysql merge very well in scripts for db operations, with common formats, structures and objects.

Mysql can also be managed using myphpadmin, so you don't need to do everything with scripts. as a windows admin you may favor using asp, or .net and certainly those are options, but the support os narrower, because they are not open source and have a much smaller installed base.

One of the things you can do to learn the server side is download and install wampserver which will let you set up a fully functional server environment using apache, php, and mysql along with phpmy admin.  That will make learning a lot easier and quicker.

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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
Are you certain you want to write this from the ground up?
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