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Hi Ken,

I am new to programming and would like to develop a Web portal system for students that would integrate Ms PowerPoint presentation(uploaded by teachers). Students would upload assignments for teachers to download. Teachers would also upload results, articles and questions for students to retrieve.

I would like to know which would be the best programming language(s) to learn to accomplish this? I would like to make the Web portal clean and attractive as well as fast, responsive and secure. Also what would be the best database(fast and secure) to use for the Web portal? Also what tools would I need for creating and maintaining the webportal.

Thanks I  advance


Hi Chris, thanks for you questions -

I think you could accomplish this using a combination of the WordPress web platform and a few key plugins or third-party services.  Wordpress would be your main web content management system and is easy to master.  Most new themes for this CMS are responsive by design.  For good security, there are plugins like Bulletproof, Wordfence, and others.  For displaying Powerpoint, you could use SlideShare, Google Slides, or another third-party service.  If you merely wish to upload/download/share files, then DropBox is also an option.

I hope this helps. Have a great day.


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I've been developing websites for almost 20 years. If you have questions like these, I can help! Should I try this myself or hire a professional? What tools do I need? How do I sell products online? How do I make money with my website? Can I create a website without buying expensive software? How do I design a website FAST? How do I market my website? Is a BLOG a website? How do I put video on my website? What is website hosting? When will search engines find my website? OK, I've found a site I like - but now what? Can I make my website a subscription site?


I have over 20 years of practical experience with web-related issues, and some military computer training. I've worked for a computer manufacturer, and own a small technology company specializing in web-design, hosting, and internet media production. I am the webmaster of several sites, and e-newsletter editor for Rotary District 6760 which is comprised of 65 clubs throughout middle Tennessee.

I'd like to say a diploma from a revered educational facility hangs on my wall, and perhaps someday it will. In reality, everything I know has been self-taught, much of it done so in the hallowed halls of that venerable institution called "The School of Hard Knocks". (I have taken courses at a local community college, and received military computer programming training as well.)

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