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Offline chrispyt2

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Resources on building a weather site from scratch
« on: October 09, 2019, 05:08:25 PM »

I am interested in building my own weather page from scratch. Iíve got a Davis VP2 uploading to CWOP sites, Weather Underground, PWS Weather, and UKMET through my Ambient Weatherbridge.

I would like to be able to create my own website to display all of my weather data, and eventually other stuff like NOAA graphics or model data, but Iím not sure where I should start. Are there any resources that I can use to help me get going? I have a little html/css experience. Not so much with PHP or JavaScript. Iíve used Adobe Dreamweaver and Brackets before. Looking for advice on what I should do.
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Offline miraculon

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Re: Resources on building a weather site from scratch
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 08:17:12 AM »
Check this out:

I have used it as the basis for my site for several years now. Ken gives excellent support too. See the related forum area:

Some users here like the Meteotemplate, but I haven't used it and don't have experience with it.

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Offline MackerelSky

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Re: Resources on building a weather site from scratch
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 02:33:06 PM »
Hi Chris?

You are at the right place for scripts and weather, along with some great people to get some help.(Resources)

Dealing with your own website, as I found out in 2011 when I bought my DavisVP2+, means dealing with a server to show the world you have arrived. *grin*

To do that, it was recommended on this site to me that I install my own server on my computer at the house. This way, you can 'develop' your skills and your website without being connected to the internet. I recommend and still use It comes complete with PHP, MySQL and Apache, with basically a one click install.

It's pretty straight forward with the installation. Once you have that installed and working, I suggest, again as I did, download Ken's great package and proceed to get it working on your computer. You have all the data you need already on that machine from the VP2 and a general idea of where to find the data on your computer to plug into the settings for all of Ken's scripts.

You can then 'learn' as you go with the languages of the web, mainly php to begin with and try a few modifications to the scripts in the package if you wish, with no wasted time on the net. After you begin to get a feel how your data will interact with a web page, you can then search for a template, or create one of your own as I did. After you get comfortable with the way it works and looks, then you can start looking for a webhost for your new site.

It won't happen overnight and should probably not be done with little children around, as they could learn some new words! It's a process and no easy fix that I know of, if you don't feel the templates found on this site is what you are after.

Anyways, best advice I can offer is to get a server on your computer and go from there.

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