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Creating small website - where to start

Hi all,

Just posting this here, see if anyone can chip in with ideas, help, etc.

I want to create a small website that will be a front end to a MySQL database. This database (only one table) will contain all the details of the plants in our garden. Creating this database is the easy part (it will also contain images) and a basic one I have already created. My skills with MySQL are reasonably good (created a lot of apps with Delphi / MySQL at work a few years ago)

Now, I would like to create a website as a front-end, that will display selected fields from the records in the database (as a form, maybe), and sub-page that displays more details for the plant, for editing, or printing out. Editing these records and creating new ones is also a requirement. The website will only ever be local.

So, far, I have played around with Joomla (local, on a WAMP server), though this is subject to a learning curve (i.e. I'm still finding some concepts 'challenging').

So, is anyone aware of a simple content management system (or something else) that can be used to create such a basic website, quickly and simply? Preferably free, or not too expensive. There's a few others around, but I don't want to spend each evening systematically trying each one out and giving up as it's too complicated, confusing and makes me cry.

(I cannot code in PHP; well, I can easily modify existing stuff, but I just don't have the skills to create something from scratch; same applies to HTML stuff.)
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Re: Creating small website - where to start

Since you already have joomla, try some free catalog or online shop extension, for example jbcatalog. Might be an overkill but requires no coding.
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Re: Creating small website - where to start

Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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Re: Creating small website - where to start

I did my website using a wordpress template, lots of stuff on youtube.
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Re: Creating small website - where to start

Wordpress will have something.

Although tbh if it is only for your personal use, why not just use a google form connected to a spreadsheet?

If you want to have some fun and learn a new technology quickly, try out Meteor.js as a simple but powerful solution. Definitely not the easiest/quickest solution though.
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Re: Creating small website - where to start

If you don't want to deal with lot of code, I can't think of something better than Wordpress for your need. There are literally thousands of free templates out there, that can be customized easily without the need to make any amends to the underlying code.

On the other hands, if the layout you need is something similar to an online store with different plant catalogs, you could try shopify.
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Re: Creating small website - where to start

OK, thanks for all the suggestions. I decided in the end to use Tap Forms database - available on OSX / iPhone / iPad - and all synchronised together via iCloud.

Got it all up and running in a few hours :-)
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