Open forum website with HTML5?

Hi, I would like create a website that will serve mostly as an open forum for discussing various ideas. I am currently learning HTML5 on notepad++, so will this be able to create the forum I am aiming for? I also plan on updating the forum (graphics, pictures, shortcuts, etc...) on a almost daily basis. I have no problem with spending a lot of time learning the programming part, but will HTML5 do the job? I am also kind of worried if I can even put things like background graphics and animations on the website.

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  • Chris
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
    Best Answer

    HTML5 is used to describe the structure and content of a single web page. A forum needs database access and a back end (basically a script that puts together dynamic HTML5). This is commonly done with PHP, a server-side scripting language.

    It goes like this:

    Visitor wants to see page x -> php script puts together html page based on x and database -> finished html document is sent to visitor's browser and displayed

    This means you will need to learn HTML5, PHP and some basic mySQL commands at the very least. Add CSS for styling the web site and maybe some Javascript.

    On the other hand, if you main goal is not to learn how to create a forum but to create one, go with a ready-made solution like SMF or phpBB.

  • Franco
    Lv 6
    6 years ago

    I am currently learning HTML5 on notepad++, so will this be able to create the forum I am aiming for? No.

    I have no problem with spending a lot of time learning the programming part, but will HTML5 do the job? No.

  • Heysql
    Lv 5
    6 years ago

    HTML will only do basic things such as basic graphics and layouts.

    You need to master php, sql, css, javascript aswell for server side scripting and database management.

  • 6 years ago

    install phpBB

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=phpbb+...

    learning and testing PHP and MySQL require XAMPP

    free tutorials

    http://w3-video.com/Web_Tools/XAMPP/index.html

    HTML5 free video tutorials

    http://w3-video.com/Web_Technologies/HTML5/index.p...

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