This is specific to Magento 2.1, but knowledge on other versions may help in pointing me in the right direction.
I have tried a few things and have scoured the internet for similar solutions but most have not been answered or are for previous Magento versions.
Thus far, I have created my own custom theme in Magento, created custom modules and neither of which seem to give me the capabilities of what I am looking for (or else I have misunderstood the documentation and need to expand). Magento uses MVC structure and I would prefer to not use it if possible. The current format I have my site in is in the structure below.
Above is how I built the existing site and it is structured how we develop. In what direction should I go in order to achieve this custom development structure within Magento while being able to use Magento tools?
My question is very similar to this post, but I would like to use the Magentos tools in a more direct way and potentially exactly how they already exist. Using Magento as backend ONLY for website
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