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Hi,

I am a web developer used to using php with MS Access databases and now, phpMyAdmin and MySQL.

How do I incorporate a customised database driven website into a Joomla website? Initially, I am looking at creating an online inventory and quoting system for my own business (I make gifts for sale in our shop and moving to an online model also, as well as custom made signage)

I am stuck with how to start with it - I know how to design, develop and query databases, I just am not sure about how to build the interface with Joomla - do I have to add php pages to the website, or do I do it all via the backend Joomla interface using components (I have seen something called Component Creator, but I am not quite sure what I am creating as yet)

I am happy to use an extension already available as I don't really want to re-invent the wheel (time poor) but if I have to build something from scratch I am not afraid of doing that either, but I just don't know where to start.

Thanks for your help!
  Uralla, NSW, Australia
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If you want full control over the way you collect and present data then you'll need to learn how to create your own extension. This is a pretty advanced topic and not something we tackle here. My friend Tim Plummer has written a great book (link below).

However you could well get away with Component Creator or a "content creation kit"such as Seblod or Zoo. These are likely to be a more attractive solution given you're short on time.
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  1. https://www.packtpub.com/web-development/learning-joomla-3-extension-development-third-edition
  2. https://www.seblod.com/
  3. http://yootheme.com/zoo/
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Thank you Richard. I will get his book but in the short term also look at the other two resources you mentioned. Many thanks :)
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