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How To Get Your Business Website Setup – Types of Websites.

Step 4 Types of websites: CMS dynamic or HTML static.

Dynamic CMS style website or static HTML

The two main types of websites which are available today are:

  • Static, which is the traditional HTML web page. It basically consists of files in HTML format which the web server displays on demand.
  • Dynamic, also referred to as a CMS or Content Management System, this is a website which uses scripting and a database to manage and serve content as requested.

The most common now is the dynamic CMS type. The beauty of CMS is that managing the content and keeping it up to date is relatively easy compared to the traditional HTML web site.

The down side of using a CMS type of website is that the load on the web server is greater as it has to use more processing and memory resources. This can slow down the page load time as well.

A CMS compatible web server needs to have Mysql database and PHP services installed to be able to host the CMS or dynamic web site. The most compatible being a Linux based web server with Apache, Mysql and PHP or as it is commonly referred to – a LAMP server.

Most large web hosting companies today have LAMP servers with very user friendly Control Panels (CP). They also have a “host” of tools and utilities to make life easy, such as “automagic” CMS installing interfaces like “Fantastico”. They also have management tools such as Backup Wizards, Domain managers, email redirectors – you name it.

Dynamic CMS style websites are most suited to websites that will be continuously added to or changed like Blogs or e-commerce sites. The database handles the content and the administrator / website owner can login via a web browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer, and edit the web-pages directly, almost like using a word processor. The changes are reflected in real time and the database keeps track of page names, links, content (images, text, multimedia), document hierarchy, time-line etc.

There is still a place for the traditional HTML style of web page, however they are fast becoming obsolete. Even for a simple web site that may consist of a few static pages, a CMS can be far more Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) friendly with custom designed plug-ins that make SEO management far more efficient.

So, if your looking to set up a new website or upgrade your existing web site, look into a CMS or dynamic website setup. They are not expensive to set up and have many benefits over the traditional HTML web site, including being able to easily manage it yourself.

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