I am looking into building a number of dynamic sites which are all being fed by a single database. I am trying to think of a workaround to solve the tradition ? in the url problem. These sites will be on a Win2000 server. I know coldfusion can do URL's like www.domain.com/file.cfm/param1/param2 but I dont know or like (probably becuase I dont know) coldfusion. Will apache allow mean to do this. If yes, is it free? is it easy to learn and setup? and what will the end url look like?
Sorry Ian but I'm a real novice on this matter. However I have used the server.transfer command before. I think what your saying is that I create a page like product1.html and use a server.transfer to redirect it to products.asp?product=1. The drawback to this is I would have to create a page for every product. Is this correct or is there another method? Any help is appreciated but like I say I have never done this myself before.
It is very easy to query databases, parse URLs, and process forms using [url="http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum13/947.htm?highlight=ben+ellison"]ColdFusion[/url]. If you search for CF examples, you can build your pages from sample code. The Ben Ellison example in the link above allows you to replace the ? or = with slahes. So /product.cfm?id=199 could also be linked as /product.cfm/id/199