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    Search function and database solution for “homemade” website

    Background

    I’m about to build a website for a deceased artist (painter) – my dad.
    The site will contain a huge amount of data (not only about the painter himself).
    So I want the site to have a search function connected to a database.
    Aside from that, the site will not include any other sort of interaction – apart from the mail service of course.

    I don’t have any skills or experiences in building databases.
    Nor do I have many skills using CMS (like Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, etc.).
    HTML and CSS is what I manage quite ok.

    The Question

    What will be the best – and easiest - way to build the website – considering my skills and needs:

    1. A CMS based site (I’m thinking of Drupal) where I have everything fixed, such as databases and modules for search functions. The backside of it is the uncertainty regarding updates for modules and the time to learn about using and modifying the CMS to my needs and design preferences)?
    2. Or marking up the website myself and using some kind of “ready to use solution” for a search function with a database?


    I would very much like the latter alternative, if there exists some “ready to use solution” like a search function with a database.
    I’d like to learn about it if anybody could tell me where to find it.
    That will maybe also be a faster way to build the site and it will not be so “heavy” compared with a CMS based one, I think.
    But there are probably many other aspects on this.

    I appreciate all ideas, tips and suggestions!
    Last edited by ICIT; 07-19-13 at 09:15.

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    I'd recommend that you play with Wordpress first. I imagine it will quite readily give you most, if not all the functionality you require.

    I like Drupal but it might be overkill for your needs. (it can be a touch over-complicated at times!)

    Either of these CMS's have a decent built in search.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gvee View Post
    I'd recommend that you play with Wordpress first. I imagine it will quite readily give you most, if not all the functionality you require.

    I like Drupal but it might be overkill for your needs. (it can be a touch over-complicated at times!)

    Either of these CMS's have a decent built in search.
    Thanks for your advice gvee!

    I have to apologies for how confusing the post originally was posted - something most have went wrong: the first item was repeated in the place of item number two, and the second item, “ready to use solution” for homebuilt website, was, if one still was reading, found in the following text.

    So now when it's edited: Do you, or anybody else, have any ideas about a non-CMS solution, like the one I suggest in item two?

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    You can easily integrate many of the big search providers in to your website e.g. Custom Search Engine

    That's certainly the simplest solution to a custom coded site.

    However if you want to explore the route of building your own search in to a site then you'll need to either
    a) store all your searchable content in your database
    b) write a crawler for your site and make that put the content in your database

    There are probably more options but I can't think of any off the top of my head right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gvee View Post
    You can easily integrate many of the big search providers in to your website e.g. Custom Search Engine

    That's certainly the simplest solution to a custom coded site.

    However if you want to explore the route of building your own search in to a site then you'll need to either
    a) store all your searchable content in your database
    b) write a crawler for your site and make that put the content in your database

    There are probably more options but I can't think of any off the top of my head right now.
    Thanks a lot gvee!
    I'll look into the CSE options (that was a bigger topic than I thought) as well as the other two suggestions (guess it'll be an even bigger duty).
    As all of this is new to me I guess it'll take a while to come to the right decision.

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