While I'm sure the answer is YES before you even review my example, I just want to be sure I'm headed on the right path to where I want to go. I have downloaded WordPress 3.5 and have been playing with it for most of the day - but should I?!?
First I am new to programming, websites and databases; a full-fledged virgin if you will and not that fake born-again kind either. I have spent a fair bit of time learning the basics of databases and some of the programming with PHP and SQL. I am at least familiar (and slightly capable) with MySQL, PHP, HTML, and XAMPP. It will be through these tools that I plan to build a website for our business.
Now the example, the website I'm striving towards will present scientific data that is collected multiple times hourly, at multiple locations, and is continuous. This data will be sent from the instruments in the field to the database and then needs to be presented in real time on the website. Users will also need to have the ability to search and view (graphs/tables/plots?) archived data from 2 mins or 2 years prior. It is also intended to be an ad-revenue generating website.
An example of a similar type site is the National Weather Service Site where some information remains static, some is updated daily, but the main draw is the weather data that is updated hourly and is located in a secondary header and in another block on the right hand side. There are also additional links to more real time data.
Thanks in advance for any help or replies! I'm sure WordPress will work but some reassurances or helpful directions to look will surely ease my mind...I hope...