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    Some Questions on Tables

    Hey so I am working on a website which utilizes a table for presenting old and newly passed laws. As such it requires that we have a large volume of data in the tables, and we constantly have to add more data to the tables.

    I know already how to construct the table through CSS and HTML; however, due to the sheer volume of data which we are dealing with, I would like to know if there is a way to create a separate admin page where we can just plug in the law information and have it automatically added to the table rather than having to physically code in all of the information through HTML.

    I also have a second question: I would like to add some tabs at the top of the table which allows users to sort laws based on the year they were passed. An example of this can be seen at this site: CT Legislation | 2014 | General Assembly | Passed | LegiScan . It has several tabs at the top which allow users to sort legislation- my question is what coding language is required to add this to a table? Thank you.

    Thank you very much for your time!

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    For the first issue you are looking for a (simple) content management system (CMS). You could have a simple one programmed that exactly serves this requirement but if you’re starting to go that way you might even consider managing the entire website with a CMS, not just that page. There are many prefabricated CMSs and which one you should use depends on your requirements and therefore finding the right one requires some research. Since you were asking the second question about what language is required for that tab interface I suppose you aren’t very experienced in web development so it’s probably easier to hand the task of finding and setting up a CMS to a professional.

    As for the tabs this is done with some server-side programming language which, however, can’t be determined by looking at the code or URL structure. I suppose it’s PHP because that’s the most popular language, and I’m also pretty sure that a CMS is used, too, with some kind of add-on that’s specialized for this kind of functionality.
    Sorry that I can’t give you more specific info but this is quite a complex subject. As said, if you’re inexperienced with web development it’s better to hand this task over to a professional.

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    I'm inexperienced now but I would like to gain experience . I also don't want to have to spend money if I can learn to do it myself. Thank you, I will look into CMSs.

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    Pgma14, Content manager is definitely the way to go. You may even have an installation of a suitable CMS sitting in your Web host's control panel, just click and provide some basic information and install. Or you may find a better one for your needs as a download off the Internet. Configure, upload and install on your site.

    I'm new to the board myself, and my experience behind this is my installation and use of MediaWiki on my site to provide multiple-user editing capability, as is done world wide on Wikipedia. It uses MySQL (I learned that that is called "My Sequel" by a programmer friend. I always called it "My S-Q-L" because I didn't know any different!)

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    Is phpMyAdmin a good source to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pgma14 View Post
    Is phpMyAdmin a good source to use?
    That only provides a way to edit the data in the database. It does not create the web site.
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    Don't forget to start your JavaScript code with "use strict"; which makes it easier to find errors in your code.


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