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I then will need help creating the the database for which the information will be submitted to/stored on. any advice as to where to start?
Lastly, I need help creating a retrieval form to search the database and display the relevant information it has found to the end users. any advice as to where to start?
I thank you all in advance for your help; as i truly appreciate it!
If you go that route and you're the type of person who can learn well from a book, "Head First PHP & MySQL" by Beighly and Morrison should serve you well. There are plenty of examples showing how to create HTML forms that use PHP scripts to access a MySQL database, as well as info on setting up the database itself.