Reach The Top With A Dynamic Web Site

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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Web Colours Made Clear

In 1994, 216 colours were defined by Netscape having a priority in browsers based on the 256 colours exhibited by an 8-bit system. However, 40 colours showed up differently between PCs and MACs and were therefore done away with.

These 216 fixed colours, also named web safe colours have been universally recognized by all browsers and operating systems. In other words, websites using these colours only are more likely to look similar on any browser.

Fewer than 5% of computer systems are at present using 8-bit systems and are consequently limited to 256 colours. Nevertheless, you should still make use of web safe colours to start off with, particularly for logos, flat colour illustrations, backgrounds, and large areas of an identical color in any picture.

Web colours are constructed around 3 pairs of hexadecimal digits. Each pair stands for a value from 3 root colors: red, green, and blue usually shown as RGB.

Hexadecimal is not based on 10 digits but 16. Therefore, A would be equal to 11, B to 12, and so forth. For example, 000000 is black, FFFFFF is white and FF0000 is red. The first pair of numbers show the amount of red, the second set represents how much green and the last set stand for how much blue is employed to get that particular colour. 00 represents no amount of that colour (0%) while FF is the most amount of any colour you could use (100%).

The percentage breakdown goes as follows:

0%=00, 20%=33, 40%=66, 60%=99, 80%=CC, 100%=FF.

Colours which are made up of 3 pairs of identical hexadecimal digits, or web safe colours, are composed of every combination of 00, 33, 66, 99, CC, and FF for each root colour (6 x 6 x 6 = 216).

Nowadays, computers aren’t limited anymore to the 256 colours shown by 8-bit video cards. 4096 colours are displayed on 16-bit cards (also called web smart colours), whereas 32-bit cards will show millions of various colours (known as unsafe colours). The complete number of possible colours goes beyond 16 million, because each root colour can be one of 256 values (256 x 256 x 256 = 16,777,216). As long as your video card will support it, your browser will be able to display any of these colours.

You can find many colour wheels and charts available on the net that will help you choose web safe, web smart, or unsafe colours. Find a few below:

216 web safe color charts can be found at:

And also at:

The 4096 Colour Wheel will give you the hexadecimal values for web safe, web smart, and unsafe colours together with various saturations of shades. This is available at:

The 4096 Colour Picker & Mixer shows you how different coloured texts can appear with matching coloured backgrounds by using the web smart colour palette. This is available at:

The DHTML Colour Wheel gives the hexadecimal codes for all 16,777,216 colours. It can be found at:

Another version of the same colour wheel can display your chosen colour on the entire page. You can find it at:

Despite the fact that modern browsers display beyond 16 million colours, any colour which is not web safe won’t display in the same way on different browsers. If you would like to make use of colours on your web pages from the web smart or unsafe colours choice, always double check your pages on all the different browsers. Doing this will ensure that your chosen colours look good to all the people visiting your website.

Martin Redford is contributing editor at This article may be reproduced provided that its complete content, links and author byline are kept intact and unchanged. No additional links permitted. Hyperlinks and/or URLs must remain both human clickable and search engine spiderable.