Can wordpress maniuplate html and css

I am brushing up on PHP, for a job that will require us to analyse mySQL  data, manipulate it and render it into graphs colour coded.

I have been told repeatedly to learn Word press for security reasons. Can word press directly manipulate html and css?

I know this is an annoying question but I am busy learning php fo real, and then having to do work through and a more minor database stuff, along with learning hacking 2-3 hours a day now that this will be a full time pursuit after I take the LSAT in October.

The point being this saves my company time, If I cannot do this in Wordpress I need to evaluate security which I believe will take me 2-3 months for us to do cost analysis, on labor outsourced or not or join groups etc.

Look I can figure this out on my own but I'm doing this to save money easy points people.
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
Wordpress is just a CMS.  It's written in PHP so it generates HTML and CSS through the use of templates.

Not sure why you've been told about the correlation between Wordpress and security.  It has it's own way of authenticating users, maintaining sessions etc but you could quite easily write your own.

What's the purpose of your project?  Is it a CMS that you're creating or something else?

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I wonder why someone said Wordpress would improve security.  It might if you avoid third-party plugins which have been a continuing source of break-ins.  Also, Wordpress is probably the most widely used web application so it is also the most studied by hackers.
Julian HansenCommented:
Wordpress and security are not comfortable in the same sentence. Most times you hear about a mass website hack WP is involved.

Can WP be made secure - yeeerrs of course it can but the majority of WP "users" don't do the necessary to ensure their site is secure.

As Dave said in his post WP is open source and the most widely used CMS which means it is the one most targeted by hackers. There is an upside to this - the more attacks the quicker the holes are plugged however, given the number of updates being released and the diversity of pluggins in use this is not a guarantee of safety.

For me - a move to WP is about convenience when the situation warrants it - WP has become the perceived panacea of everything WEB - we must remember however it started out as a blogging tool - that has been modified to meet  the requirements of a variety of other requirements. To use the argument of security as a means to move to WP however does not make a lot of sense to me.

As Rob said WP is just the delivery mechanism - what you send to the browser with it is a function of your template and your pluggins - all of which are, in theory, customisable. I say in theory because customising pluggins is tricky if you start messing with the core code - the next update will potentially wipe out your changes.
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burnedfacelessAuthor Commented:
Yea it sounds like we don't want to do wordpress.

The project is for a utility company to export customer data to a mysql database and for PHP  to mainuplate their data, giving them a login account to access their account number and water usage (which will be represented according to EPD standards color coded on a graph displayed by various increments in time - in an effort to conserve water usage. Rates may be posted alongside this so I need to have control to really write some html and css from scratch for graphs, colors etc.

I'll award points if no one has anything else to add based on the project as Rob asked. I was told by some people I was doing it wrong by not using wordpress but I was given the go ahead to do this so I may not learn wordpress and spend that time learning security.
Julian HansenCommented:
I was told by some people I was doing it wrong by not using wordpress
The question is which people?
WP has become one of those hype entities - use it because everyone else is instead of evaluating it on the basis of "is it right for the job".

As to the answer to the above question - its relevance to your project is something only you can decide as you are in possession of all the facts. We can advise on what WP can do and what the pitfalls are but not on whether WP is right for the job.

Some things to consider

1. Is your project primarily about providing custom information or is it about providing content
2. Is the custom part of your project something someone else is likely to have a requirement for or done - or is it proprietary.
3. Is there going to be a requirement for content to be changed regularly and if so is this going to be structured (Database content) or html type content.

WP is about content management and plugins - if there is a plugin that will give you what you want and the project is about managing content then WP is a good candidate (alternatives would be Joomla and Drupal) assuming the plugins and templates chosen pass muster from a security perspective.

If the requirement is for presentation of data not covered by standard content management (HTML pages) or a plugin and you are faced with having to write your own plugin then you might want to consider a PHP framework like cakePHP, Laravel.

But again it comes down to specific requirements - for many people developing a site using a Framework is not an option - from a skills perspective - so they will choose WP and hack something together. Those with the skills will in all liklihood choose the option of develop rather than than WP - but that might just be me - perhaps some of the other experts can add their 2c worth.
burnedfacelessAuthor Commented:
The custom part will be proprietary - as far as requirements we are doing this mainly to encourage customers to conserve water and give them access to customized analysis of their water usage in a friendly format they can change from month to few months whatever my boss mans want me to do.

I'm getting the vibe that I need to be learning security and I am hitting the PHP and mySQL so if my analysis is correct that I need to build this from scratch and not use wordpress then cool I'd appreciate a comment but I'll keep this open.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I would do it from scratch.  Ray Paseur has a bunch of articles that can help you with your project.  Look at the ones for logins and for PHP/MySQL.
RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
I second that both to do it yourself and those articles that Ray has written. You'll otherwise be trying to hack WordPress to do something it wasn't designed to do (blogging, as Julian said).
Security is a massive topic but those articles will show you the basics.
burnedfacelessAuthor Commented:
Kind of a dumb question but I'm having trouble finding his articles, I'll award points but can you give directions on finding his articles.
Julian HansenCommented:
To find articles by a particular author
1. Go to the author's profile
2. Click on the Articles Written link in the summary block at the top.
Ray PaseurCommented:
Don't worry - I have trouble finding my articles, too!  It's a terrible design and we keep begging E-E to fix it so there is a direct URL.  Maybe some day...

1. Click this link:
2. Look in the page header for "Articles Written" and click that.  You may have to click it twice.
3. You should get a list of articles.
Ray PaseurCommented:
Now for a slightly different take on things.  Forget WordPress.  There is nothing "wrong" with it, but it's ancient technology and there are a mass of horrid plug-ins that cause security problems.  Plus you have to plug-in all kinds of things to make it into an application that does anything meaningful.  Please let me suggest this instead.  


As soon as you understand what it can do, you will want to thank me, but instead, thank Taylor Otwell, who brought the discipline and structure of Ruby on Rails into the PHP community.  Laravel is genius.
burnedfacelessAuthor Commented:
I'll take your word for it.

My PHP is lacking and I am hittinng that hard but I will start going over that tomorrow.
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