At one time or another, nearly all internet users will have visited a ‘static’ website. If a website just delivers information without any ‘interactive features’ then it’s more than likely to be ‘static’. For example, with this type of website you will only be able to view the content displayed and navigate using the links provided.
‘Dynamic’ websites however, provide ‘user interaction’ such as an online bank where you are required to login to retrieve your bank account details. This is the ‘interactive’ part of the website and can therefore be classed as being ‘dynamic’. Dynamic features of a website are unlimited as they could include: content management system, e-commerce system, forums/bulletins/discussion boards, ability to upload documents or the ability to create content (dynamic publishing).
Databases are an integral part of a ‘dynamic website’ as they present your data online and allow it to be easily collected and managed through your website.
With the addition of a MySQL Database the collection of data can be greatly improved. For example you can store client details, order history, invoicing, product information, content relating to your website and also document lists, all saved safely and securely online.
MySQL offers very high levels of speed and performance due to its ability to be extremely scalable, flexible and efficient. It is an ideal system to build databases of information that you wish to make available online. Whether you want to do something simple like store form data in a database, or build a shopping cart solution, MySQL has the features to set up a database driven website quickly and easily.
PHP, in combination with MySql offers the fastest and most economical web solutions for developing dynamic websites.
Below is an example of 'phpMyAdmin', a free software tool written in PHP, which is designed to handle the administration of MySQL over the World Wide Web. phpMyAdmin supports a wide range of operations with MySQL. The most frequently used operations are managing databases, tables, fields, relations, indexes, users, permissions, etc and also still having the ability to directly execute SQL statements.
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