Many website owners are faced with the challenge of keeping their sites fresh with updated content. Maintaining a frequently updated site is critical these days as it keeps your visitors intrigued and also appeals to the search engines. This means that you are likely to rank higher and therefore, generate more quality traffic. An easy and efficient way to overcome this challenge is to create a database-driven website.
Databases and Website Content
Database-driven sites are powerful because they offer the ability to easily generate fresh, updated content. For most developers, this is enabled by the combination of PHP and MySQL. Unfortunately, these technologies can be very complex and will definitely take some time learning. Thankfully, a FrontPage web hosting solution can empower you to create a database-driven and use it with virtually any database, including MS SQL, Access, Oracle or the open-source MySQL.
Making a Database Connection with FrontPage
To make a database full of information that will be displayed on the website you created with FrontPage, all you have to do is connect it to the data you want it to show. A database connection is merely a function that allows your page to connect with a database via server-side scripting. While this could be performed with PHP and MySQL, doing it with FrontPage is much easier. This is because FrontPage lets you create a template that will modify the content by communicating with the database and automatically creating a new page without any additional coding.
Before getting to the template, the first thing you need to do is manually create a database in an application such as Microsoft SQL Server, Access, Excel or Oracle. The database may contain customer messages or just about any other content you want inserted on the pages of your website. After creating the database, set up the template where you want the information to be displayed. The advantage of having a template in FrontPage is that it gives you the ability to change the content of your page by importing new content from a database without needing to re-code the page itself. As long as you connect the page to the new content in the database, it will be generated on the server-side whenever your visitors view the page.
To import content, simply choose “File” from the “Tool” bar and open the “Import” menu. After browsing for the file you want to import, select “Yes” when asked if you to create a connection for it. That’s basically it. FrontPage offers a great way to make sure your pages are frequently updated and appealing to your visitors with fresh content.
You will have to do a little more to truly customize your database-driven site, but FrontPage hosting is so user-friendly, that nearly every task you want to perform is simplified through a wizard or tutorial that goes along with it. Because FrontPage is such a forgiving tool, even if you do make mistakes, detecting and correcting the problem will be a piece of cake.