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  1. #1
    Kevin Guest

    * Database Driven Website Administration


    I am a website designer who has been doing small business websites for a few
    years...My primary skills are HTML/CSS, a little Javascript/DHTML my website
    can be seen at "www.creativeone.com/co_intro.htm".

    I am a little familiar with MS Access and am looking to expand my arsenal
    of skills by getting into the small database driven website arena, and have
    a few questions before I start, making sure I go in the right direction.

    I would like to be able to offer my small business clients 3 major database
    components:

    1. Employee Contact list
    2. Shopping Cart
    3. Order/Contact/Info Forms to database

    ...and would like to offer myself 1 major database component:

    1. I would like my clients to have access to certain website content (without
    knowing HTML) so that they can do minor edits themselves...such as content
    updates and employee info changes.

    This would eleviate me from having to do these minor things and allow them
    the freedom to change certain things as they desire...

    What I envision is a website design template with a database that holds the
    website entire (content,text,graphics, etc.) and allows me to give my client
    access to certain fields to edit as they desire. All without disturbing the
    design template. Is this a correct/doable concept?

    I believe this is possible and is done all the time, I just don't know where
    to start with what technology. Like I said these are small projects and I
    believe most (if not all) can be done using MS Access.

    I don't want to go the PHP/MySQL route (please don't ask), so what I see
    myself doing is learning ASP and/or Cold Fusion to tie into an MS Access
    database...

    1. is this correct or are there some elements I am missing?
    2. plus would this address all the components I have mentioned above?
    3. would I be able to give my clients certain freedom in website edits?

    Or is there a "packaged" solution to this kind of website design/development
    that someone can recommend?

    Thanks in advance,
    Kevin



  2. #2
    Constance Petersen Guest

    Re: * Database Driven Website Administration

    Hi Kevin,

    "Kevin" <kevinak@email.com> wrote in message
    news:3aa63d13$1@news.devx.com...
    > I don't want to go the PHP/MySQL route (please don't ask), so what I see
    > myself doing is learning ASP and/or Cold Fusion to tie into an MS Access
    > database...
    >
    > 1. is this correct or are there some elements I am missing?
    > 2. plus would this address all the components I have mentioned above?
    > 3. would I be able to give my clients certain freedom in website edits?


    Start learning the newest version of ASP, ASP.NET now while it's in beta.
    It's perfect for all the things you want to do. To get started, check out
    the ASP.NET links on these sites:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/net/
    http://www.gotdotnet.com/
    http://www.devx.com/dotnet
    http://www.aspnextgen.com/
    http://www.aspng.com/

    Constance Petersen
    --
    SoftMedia Artisans, Inc.
    http://www.smartisans.com
    Visual Basic.NET Internet Black Book
    ISBN: 1-58880-078-4



  3. #3
    Kevin Guest

    Re: * Database Driven Website Administration


    Thanks Constance...

    Right now I am set up on Win2K w/IIS 5.0 on local machine. Can I learn the
    ASP.NET stuff on this set up? ...along with integration into an MS Access
    database? (eventually SQL Server but would like to learn to crawl before
    trying to run).

    Thanks for the URL's. I guess the best way to get started is to get started...and
    as long as you believe I can do with ASP.NET (isn't ASP+?) what I listed
    as my primary concerns than I should be able to provide my clients with a
    database driven web administerable web site...right?

    Thanks again...

    Any other confirmations by anyone else and/or suggestions would be greatly
    appreciated here...as I am just "getting started".

    Kevin

  4. #4
    Constance Petersen Guest

    Re: * Database Driven Website Administration

    Hi Kevin,

    "Kevin" <kevinak@email.com> wrote in message
    news:3aa6b5e7$1@news.devx.com...
    > Right now I am set up on Win2K w/IIS 5.0 on local machine. Can I learn the
    > ASP.NET stuff on this set up? ...along with integration into an MS Access
    > database? (eventually SQL Server but would like to learn to crawl before
    > trying to run).


    Yes, you'll be fine with that. And you can start with MS Access. ADO.NET
    will give you an easy-to-use interface to OLE DB, which will get at the
    Access data.

    > Thanks for the URL's. I guess the best way to get started is to get

    started...and
    > as long as you believe I can do with ASP.NET (isn't ASP+?) what I listed
    > as my primary concerns than I should be able to provide my clients with a
    > database driven web administerable web site...right?


    ASP.NET is the new name for ASP+. They are one and the same. And yes, you
    really will be able to develop a DB-driven, Web administerable web site. :-)

    Constance
    --
    SoftMedia Artisans, Inc.
    http://www.smartisans.com
    Visual Basic.NET Internet Black Book
    ISBN: 1-58880-078-4



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