My reviews site is pretty much all in caveman HTML, and for most of it that is perfectly fine. But I want to make a database that has some specific front and back end UI requirements, and it is well above my coding knowledge. I have dabbled in the three major CMS on some project websites, and I understand the basics of how to put them together, but as far as I can tell there aren't any prefab plugins that do exactly what I want. So I'm wondering if any of you can help out, anything from pointing me in the direction of the plugin and platform that are closest to what I need, to writing code for hire.
Here is a primitive table I made with examples of the type of data and page view I am thinking of: http://www.ovnilab.com/reviews/whichtobuy.shtml
Each smiley represents a number from 1 to 5. So each line is a name followed by a string of parameters in that range, in columns. What I want for the visitor UI is for them to be able to pick a few specific columns and then sort the list by the values in those columns.
On the back end, currently it's a nightmare of copy-pasting huge blocks of HTML for each new row, and then going back and editing each block with the new column data. It's super clumsy and wasteful. So what I need for the back end UI is some sort of simple field entry panel, say up to 20 fields, which the program would then plug into their appropriate spots in the database.
I've posted this request a couple times over the last few years, but for some reason it hasn't borne fruit. The biggest hangup for professional coders is that I'm not a corporate customer who can say "here is my budget, now complete the task". I'm willing and able to pay for work done, but frankly I'm just a blue-collar guy with an expensive hobby, where the "budget" is however much extra I can finagle every two weeks without overdrafting.
So, anyone have suggestions for a possible solution? Thanks!!!