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Chapter 1. What Is a Dynamic Site? > Dynamic Sites Defined

Dynamic Sites Defined

In a dynamic site, the content is delivered to the user's web browser or portable web device on demand. Pages are built as the server sends the content—images, text, animations, and so on—to the user's browser. From there, it is placed on the page and displayed on the screen. This is a far cry from pages where the content is fixed in place during the design process.

What, then, is a dynamic site? It is a site where, to use an industrial metaphor, the page is built “just in time.” If you purchased this book online, you have experienced this metaphor. You requested the book title and were shown a page containing a picture of the book, the description of what's inside, our biographies, the price, a couple of similar titles to spark a buying frenzy, and customer reviews of the title.


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