Learn how to create an interactive Web site, allowing visitors to post and retrieve information provided by you or your site’s visitors. In this six-week online course, you’ll see how to create dynamic Web pages using the PHP programming language and the MySQL database server.
During the course, you’ll walk through the development of a complete content management system Web application. You’ll receive clear, step-by-step, instructions demonstrating how to create a complete Web site capable of dynamically displaying data from a MySQL database.
You’ll discover how you can allow your site’s visitors to add new information to an online database, search through posted data, and create meaningful printed reports. By the end of this course, you’ll have plenty of useful code templates that will help you create your very own dynamic, Web-based, content management system.
These days, people expect the information on professional Web sites to change continually and to remain up to date—even up to the minute. In this lesson, you’ll start learning how to produce dynamic Web pages that can do just that. You’ll see how to store data in variables, and use mathematical operators on data to write programs that can manipulate and display content on your Web pages.
Examine some PHP statements that allow you to alter the content in your Web pages based on data values in your PHP programs. You’ll also learn some techniques for simplifying the programming process by using loops to handle multiple data elements, as well as how to include common code files in all your Web pages. Then use the popular phpMyAdmin Web-based tool to create database objects.
Walk through the HTML and CSS code required to display the dynamic content that our PHP code will generate. Then dig into the nuts and bolts of dynamic Web programming as you use PHP code to retrieve data from MySQL tables and display it on the Recipe Center Web page. Now you’ll be able to control what appears on the Web page simply by changing data in the database!
Allowing visitors to post information dynamically is a great feature to add to your Web site. In this lesson you’ll see how to create HTML forms for entering data, then work on how to retrieve the data and insert it into the MySQL table using PHP code. Then learn the basics of implementing a simple search engine in your dynamic Web application.
In this lesson you’ll see two different ways to provide a printer-friendly way of displaying the dynamic content from the Recipe Center. Then learn how to use PHP to control access either to an entire Web site, or to just specific features on the Web site. This lets you control who can update data on your site, helping to block comment spam often posted in blog sites.
Explore different methods of backing up and restoring data in the MySQL environment. Finally, you’ll implement a paging algorithm that allows our site visitors to page through all of the data records in small chunks. This is one of those features you can add to help make your Web site look more professional.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course. Prior HTML coding experience is helpful, but not required.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- Mac users will not be able to use the WAMP5 software, and must provide their own PHP and MySQL development environment.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- During the first lesson in the course, you will be walked through the process of installing WAMP5 software, which provides a full PHP and MySQL development environment. You can download WAMP5 for free here.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.