what i want to know is the best way of going about it
im teaching myself as i go along so this may well be a long project im happy with html can produce sites fine, but im thinking for this i need to use PHP and MYSQL. (also have a little experience in sql but not php)
ideally i want the site to be searchable with a page produced with the results and i know the best way to do this is php (although i dont know how yet!) but can it be done using asp or aspx which i have a little more experience with? could it be produced in dreamweaver or even visual basic or would it need to be done using php?
im not hosting myself so if i build it on my computer and then upload it will the connections between the pages and the database still work?
also what should i be looking for from a host? i want to make the site so that users can upload ads themselves but to begin i will make the site simple where i manually add the details to the databse myself, but what do i do about pictures? can these be stored in a mysql database along with the ad details or do they need to be stored in a different way? i have been looking at hosting and saw that one company offered 10mb sql database, surely this cant be enough? am i looking at needing a lot of space and an expensive host? and most importantly what to do with pictures!?!?
sorry i know theres a load of questions but i would really appreciate any help given