Learn the advantages of using Dynamic Database-Driven Sites
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And finally I want to go to a live website and show you one last advance approach to web design. Our very own totaltraining.com was created using a technology called asp and the advantage of that is that if you click for example on our products page and you start looking at specific products on the site you will find the extension at the top of the screen is .asp and that tells you that this side is generated using the technology asp.
Expression web is designed for asp.net which is a new and even better way to approach web design and now supports PHP, which is quite different but really has many of the same advantages. Now let me just show you on this site why dynamic database driven sites are the only way to go if you are working on a big content rich site. Many of my friends in the web design world would tell you that as soon as you get over about a hundred web pages in the website, it is time to graduate to a dynamic data base driven site.
Instead of using dynamic web templates like I did in that nature photography site, a dynamic data base driven site uses templates that are called master pages and draws content out of a data base into those pages automatically on the server. So for example as you click through the pages on the total training website, this content is being brought into the pages as the pages loaded. That is quite different from the static page designs that we have seen in all of the other sites we reviewed in this chapter. The advantages of developing websites with PHP and asp.net are tremendous and Expression Web has many features. So let me just Alt tab back over to the Expression Web and let us close these frame based sites and let me show you how easily you can create new asp or thanks to the addition of PHP support, PHP pages in Expression web.
You will find a nice collection of tools for working with asp.net in the tool box task pane. You will find everything from the new asp.net controls to validation options and all of this are designed to help web designers not programmers developers work with this advance technologies.
Now although I have to give Expression web a lot of credit for making it easier to create asp.net sites. I will say that it is really still hard to do the most advance development unless you are working with a programmer, you are an experienced programmer yourself and you have access to a program like Microsoft visual studio. That said I have seen a number of web teams these days where a designer works in an Expression Web and a programmer works in visual studio and the combination of two programs works extremely well to create dynamic data base driven sites. So if that is the kind of sites you like to create then this are the features you really want to hone in on and you should brace for a lot more training before you will be ready to do that.
If all you want to do is create a relatively simple static page site like this nature photography site. Then you should find it relatively easy and just a few more chapters to learn everything you need to put together pages like this