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Creating Dynamic Sites

Determining when and if a site should be made dynamic is not a decision to be made hastily. I've worked with sites that, when first created, were designed as static sites for one reason or other. Now, performing monthly content updates requires several hours of editing to change the various pages on which the set of updates must occur. The larger such sites become, the harder they are to maintain and the more difficult they are to transition to a database-driven model. Decisions made in the early phases effect management of a site long into the future. Be sure to maintain a site map for every multi-page site that you create, regardless of how trivial it seems at the time. Chances are, someday you'll be glad you did.

Types of Dynamic Sites

If a site is subject to constant change, it is an excellent candidate for becoming database driven. The advantage of a dynamic design is that it removes the burden of updating the HTML for elements that change frequently. Instead, a centralized database interface can be developed that is as easy to use as any desktop application.


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