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Day 1. Introducing ColdFusion > Database-Driven Sites

Database-Driven Sites

ColdFusion gives you the ability to control some of or all of your entire Web site's content from a database. The beauty of this may not strike you just yet, but consider a situation where you might be working with others who aren't as HTML-savvy as yourself. Without ColdFusion, a change in content means that someone has to come in and code a new HTML page, and that someone will probably be you, regardless of the importance of whatever you were doing when your pager went off. With ColdFusion, Web content can be changed or updated by anyone who knows his way around an input form and an enter key. This means that anyone in the company—even those without database experience—can update their Web projects without you having to drive down to the office and possibly miss the bonus round on "The Price Is Right."

In addition, database-driven sites give you the ability to present lots and lots of material on the Web, and you only need to design a single template file. Take my Liz database, for example. It's pretty small now, but someday if that database should stretch into hundreds or thousands of husbands, my initial template page would easily handle all of them. I'd have one killer Web site that looked as if I'd spent hours designing pages.


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