I don't even know where to start. I suppose I'd want to come up with some sort of schematic of how many different pages I would need to be able to display and then make some templates for them. the php books at safari.oreilly.com all seem concentrated on e-commerce as their models for building up sites. instead of a shopping cart I need an 'update blog' page and an authentication scheme, although most of them do go over the latter.
I realize I probably wouldn't have to do this from scratch but I want to try just to see how hard it is to start with nothing. I know there are php blog packages out there--I think I've even downloaded one--but I would rather try to learn everything I'd need to know to code one than spend my time deciphering someone else's code. although that would be educational too.
or I could just keep reading the books until I theoretically know how to do everything but practically have no clue how to begin.