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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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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.
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.
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.
I would do it from scratch.  Ray Paseur has a bunch of articles that can help you with your project.  https://www.experts-exchange.com/members/Ray_Paseur.html  Look at the ones for logins and for PHP/MySQL.
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.
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.
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.
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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.