I have created a super simple web-based automation framework (yes, one of many). With AutoTalk, you can get started in just 10 minutes!
Check it out here ( * there are videos to help get you started * ):http://andrewfrueh.com/autoTalk/
AutoTalk allows you to communicate with and control your Arduino from a web-dashboard. The focus of AutoTalk is to create a message protocol that is easy for beginners but powerful enough for more complex projects. Please give feedback if you use AutoTalk so I can work that into the next version.