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2:16 pm on Jul 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Static or dynamic websites what do you think? i cant make up my mind.
2:41 pm on July 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Dynamic made to look and feel Static.

Better managed and controlled for future updates etc

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If your site involves user interaction (e.g. forum, blog, custom layout of a news site, etc.) it will probably have to be dynamic.

Otherwise, as AF said, it should be made to look and feel static. Whether or not it really is static or dynamic will depend on the tools used to make it and the services offered by the host.

Depending upon the type of site, there are content management systems that reside on the server and build dynamic sites. There are also data base driven techniques that will build static pages on your PC for upload to the server.

And of course, there is hand coding of html or use of WYSIWYG programs (such as Front Page), or combinations.

In other words, there are many considerations, depending, in part, on what kind of site you are building.

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Dynamic, easily!

Be it using CSS with XHTML for clientside versus oldschool html 4 or lower ~or~ using php or ASP to store strings of xhtml or other sets of code will allow you to make changes on the fly!

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Whether static or dynamic, it's a good idea to use some technology to dynamically insert your html headers and footers. In ASP it's include files, in ASP.Net it's a server control. I'm not sure about other technologies...

This will allow you to dynamically change your colors/advertising/menu/etc... without having to re-publish every page on your site. You'll never know how many changes you want to make to your site until you have to republish every one of them every time!

Good luck,

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1:16 am on July 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the replies it seems dynamic is king, with that in mind is mambo the best option i have read some old posts about CMS and mambo appears to be a favorite.
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Dynamic. Even the simplest of sites I do now have includes, CSS, and a database.
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I like Dynamic
5:00 am on July 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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IMO, it just depends on how often the pages will be updated. My main site is generated via databases but served statically - because the majority of the pages won't be updated in an average year.
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Dynamic. Even the simplest of sites I do now have includes, CSS, and a database.

I would not think of CSS as necessarily being dynamic.

One factor is size, another (as dcheney pointed out) is how often it changes. On a small site it is simple enough to make occassional changes on many pages by opening them up in an editor (wysiwyg or html, I prefer editing html) and cutting and pasting. I maintain one site for a local organization. Every couple of weeks I get a little more information about a future meeting, change in committee assignments, etc. I can edit the affected pages and upload them in just a few minutes.

I have also built larger sites using a database on my computer with a VBA program that builds the static pages, and I upload them. I would consider the pages static although they are created by a database.