You’ve decided to automate your web site. Now what? Here are some ideas to help you
choose how to automate your site.
A bit of programming is going to be necessary if you want to automate a site.
PHP, Perl, ASP, Java and more. So, which do you use? For many, it is a personal choice.
I prefer PHP for programming. PHP is a particularly useful programming language because
it allows for advanced programming and is easy to integrate with web pages.
Another plus of PHP is that the language interfaces very well with MySQL, a popular type of online database.
Yet another plus of PHP is that it is Open Source Code. The actual code that is PHP is
available to the public for free, while the source code for products such as ASP are not.
Because PHP is open source, there is a large community of PHP programmers that help each other with code.
This means PHP programmers can rely on each other by using reusable pieces of code called functions
and classes rather than constantly reinventing the wheel. This can dramatically cut down on production time.
Overall, PHP is flexible, cheaper than many alternatives, and built around a community.
PHP and MySQL are excellent choice for webmasters looking to automate their web sites.
What Can PHP and MySQL do for me? Just about anything you can think of.
That is the beauty of custom programming. A few ideas of what you can do with a
PHP and MySQL driven site include:
2. User Polls
3. Keyword Tracking
4. Set User Preferences
5. Manage Password Protected Member’s Areas
6. Lead Follow Up
7. Customer Relations
8. Content Management
9. Email Newsletters
12. Scheduled Updates
The list is limited only by your imagination. Once you have decided to go with a
PHP and MySQL site, you can either get a custom program created, use a prepackaged version or
a combination of both. Many PHP and MySQL programs that come prepackaged are easy to customize
and can save you a lot of time and money over starting from the ground up.