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Chapter 1. About Dynamic Content

Chapter 1. About Dynamic Content

HTML is a perfectly good way to create static Web pages—pages with content that doesn’t change very often. But static pages aren’t flexible or easily updated. Dreamweaver MX allows you to create pages that are dynamic—their content can vary based on information the user provides, on criteria that you specify ahead of time, or even on the time of day. Examples of dynamic pages in action include search result pages, online shopping carts, and daily publications like online newspapers.

To create pages with dynamic content, Dreamweaver MX generates pages containing HTML, plus additional server-side code—commands that the server needs to process before sending the page to the browser. That server-side code often gets its information from a database and uses the requested information to fill in the details of the page that users ultimately see in their browsers. A database is a piece of software that stores and sorts pieces of information—and those data can be as simple as a list of names or as complex as a collection of sound and movie files.


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