Reads like contortions came up because the original question mentions analysis, and mysql - while a dandy persistant data store - isn't much on the analytics.
But i'd disagree with improv wrt HTML/CSS. For most; the interweb is what computers are for. The capacity to self publish, maybe even do something revenue generating with slick analysis is a worthy skill. The more that have that, the more info the rest of us get to scrape.