@evstevemd , @asmythe Thank you for the replies.
If I knew exactly what the issue was, I would fix it or ask for more specific help! I wear all the hats (developer, webmaster, business owner). Jack of all trades and master of none. I apologize for my “oil spill” post and you are correct to point it out.
To clarify: I need hand-holding and consulting on a part-time freelance basis, there is no opportunity for this to work into a full-time job. Sadly, that is beyond my means. Enough work is here but enough money is not. My budget is in the range of 2K a month, and I would not want to keep that up for a long time.
I have a plan now. Step one is to bring the existing repo up to php 7.4 and Yii 2.0.45 and repair / find /fix dependencies that I need and throw away what I don’t. I am using the advanced template from around 2014. Step two is to create a simple front end, like “out of the box” Yii and ensure it works and the old code has not broken. Step three is rinse and repeat for a REST entry point.
I have seen some gitHub code for REST which makes sense to me in principle but I fall down with the details. That is https://github.com/forecho/yii2-rest-api and https://github.com/yiier/yii2-helpers.
I have a guy now and we begin with composer tomorrow, so I am set for the moment. But he is the front end man (vue), I am unsure he can take me as far as I want to go with step three.
I’m pretty easy to get along with, I pay promptly without question, and I work at almost all hours. I love Yii but lack time to immerse myself in all the gory details. My coding days are at and end (yes I am old) but I can follow patterns and have a lifetime of background in programming. It would be excellent to find a freelancer who can step in and get me going when I am stuck. And/or to help with engineering a safe/stable pattern to go forward with. The Yii plan works for me, but I will get stuck…