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Ive spent the last couple of months getting stable with JavaScript and Jquery. I currently enjoy both. However i want to go deeper in designing the backend. That being said i would like to create a site that i can be able to load a template ive created. I want it to display certain values, etc etc. I know i will have to get into some serious PHP and SQL, but i am lost in where i should start or how i should start. I would like to be able to find a way to possibly build a dashboad to maintain the site. Ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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When you say load template and load certain values, what do you mean? Like load new css files? Loading values can be done with javascript from xml or you can use PHP to load from database, Depends what exactly you want to load. If you want to work with databases, you should look into learning SQL basics.

I think a good place to start is to look at Wordpress, Joomla and/or Drupal and try to build a plugin for them with a nice interface. That will be a starting off point to learn how to code within their frameworks before you start to make something from scratch.
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Sound to me like what you want to build is a CMS. Like Jono said, you might want to start looking into well known CMSs like Drupal, Joomla or Wordpress. I'm a Drupal guy myself but it's not the easiest to the bunch if you plan on developing for it. That said, it's arguably the most powerful of the 3.
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I'm looking for a way to develop a retail site I can automate for page exiting. Each prooduct I'd like for it to generate a webpage for something that all I had to do was update a spreadsheet.
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I recently built an eCommerce site from scratch with what you're basically looking for (site owner has an admin page where she can add, remove, or modify item details, and those items are dynamically added to product pages). All I used is PHP and a MySQL database. And I learned both those languages by reading one book: HeadFirst PHP & MySQL, published by O'Reilly.

I recommend it, it's very good and explains both languages very well. You'll be able to program in PHP by the first 100 pages, the rest is just detail and stuff you can pick up as you go.

One thing to remember: new PHP programmers tend to forget how dangerous dynamically created pages can be. Read up as much as you can on PHP security and how to lock down everything so it's not hackable.

Good luck!
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i do really enjoy the head first books
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