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This blog is for those of you that use a discount hosting service, are technology savvy but not professional programmers and would like to add a little POP to your website.

You don’t need to buy anything, you can do a lot with the tools available free through your hosting providers (PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, CSS, HTML, JavaScript) and a little direction.

Having said that it is important to note that programming has its own lexicon of terms that can be very confusing to the uninitiated.   This is where this blog comes in!   I’m going to boil programming down to a few key capabilities in a few key areas.  Areas where I believe you are looking to add more pop and sizzle to your content.

Unlike professional programmers that specialize in a single functional area, I’m going to help you be a generalist.   Conversant enough in PHP, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, and SQL to deliver simple and unique solutions focused on your needs.  My approach will be very shallow, that is, I will only be using the 5-10% of the capabilities of any of these tools but they will be key capabilities.

Some of my suggestions and examples will have professionals shaking their heads.  That’s fine, what they have been taught to do for large projects is overkill for the relatively simple needs you have.   If you have ever picked up a manual in any of these areas you know what I’m talking about, 500 pages of agonizing detail and technical minutiae.  It’s a little like the electronic devices that are so ubiquitous today.  They have hundreds of features of which you use five maybe six on a daily basis.  I’m going to show you the five you need!

Don

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