A few years ago, becoming a web page authoring master didn’t require more than knowledge of a few dozen Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) tags, and maybe a modest understanding of scanner and graphics programs to produce a corporate logo image file.
Now though, the investment is bigger. The time where Internet was able to support leisure businesses is over; the Internet is now a big business. The competition for visits and clicks is huge, as it becomes more and more complicated to get your site noticed, much less seen and revisited. Feeling that the authoring world needed more out of HTML then a poor imitation of the printed page, the web browser makers and Internet standards bodies have been broadening the possibilities of web pages at a very fast pace. All these modifications have allowed us to make internet pages more “dynamic” – pages that can exist on their own, without any help from the server once they have been loaded onto the browser.
With websites, the editor looks, most importantly for the sturdiness and good maintenance of the site. A more static approach for web page authoring would be to simply write a different page for all the subject matter in your site and attach these pages with hyperlinks; or, by using a navigation bar in the main page. Although it seems easy, when it comes to add some new content or change the general look of the site, it will be very difficult for you to change each and every page, whilst editing the code.
Using a more dynamic code, you use the database as the base of your web site. What you choose to insert into this database completely depends on what you actually need for your pages; usernames and associated passwords or articles that you are going to use as your content as well as pictures, files, or anything that you can think of. This database can be used as storage for the elements that will help you construct this site.
However, note that it won’t be you building the pages; it will be the PHP, ASP and PERL code that you have written or bought. What is left for you is to draw up a “plan” for the data driven code so that it can place the building elements that are kept on your database. This plan will be the template for the site which is usually produced using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Once you load your site to your browser, the dynamic pages will “interact” with the user and come up with the HTML pages rather than taking the user from one page to the next by using hyperlinks.
Considering all this, it is obvious that Dynamic Websites seem like the future of the Internet. It saves a lot of time and effort for the webmasters and the users too, as well as less frustration with waiting for pages to load, whilst visiting a simple site with an interesting article with many pages.
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