|Some Web sites allow users to be able to
access the site, request specific information, and then have the
pages dynamically updated to suit their needs. Such a capability
is possible by using database-driven web sites.
Database-driven web site
Most web sites consist of a set of individual web pages, connected
to each other or to a table of contents page through the use of
hyperlinks. Updating data must be done on the individual pages.
A different way of organizing and maintaining
web sites is through the use of data bases of information. Such
a database-driven web site would then access specific information
from the database after the user has filled out a form or asked
for specific information.
This is different than having static pages where
that the user can access from an index or search. Instead, the
page is dynamically created from information requested from the
This also has the advantage in that the owner
of the data only needs to update the database and not worry about
updating individual web pages.
Database-driven web sites have numerous applications and possibilities.
Information on products
A company doing e-commerce can have all their goods for sale in
a data-base on their web server. When a customer accesses the
web site and asks for information on a specific type of product,
a web page will display the information desired.
This is how many search engines work, but the
capabilities in this case are greater, because the information
can be formatted in other ways that a simple list.
When new products are introduced or information
on them changes, only the database needs to be updated.
When a student accesses an online course, he or she may be able
to selected the level or the type of information needed. Since
the course material is in a database, only what is requested will
Also, updating the education or training material
can be done without having to worry about HTML coding issues.
The information is simply put in the database.