I'm in the stages of building a beauty site that will include about 3,500 listings of salons & their services in my metro area. Since contact & service information changes consistently, I've considered a database driven website. In addition, I would like the search to pull results based upon either neighborhood, zip code, salon name, & service types.
I've been reading information about databases & PHP, but I'm still at a loss as to what is what. Currently, I have these salons listed in an excel spreadsheet. I need help figuring out the additional tools that I need to employ in this task.
So far, I know that I want to use PHP scripting (light). As for databases, I'm not sure. I saw that My Sql was mentioned as free in many articles, but I'm not sure if it is. So, all in all, I have an excel spreadsheet with 3500 listings, want to use PHP scripting, just need to know what type of database software is necessary/generic cost?
Btw, I have also ran across web-based databases. Are they any good? Also,can you use those with the PHP scripting? (odd question)
Thanks so much in advance!! Hopefully I learn more soon so I can contribute to users as well!