Convert a Static Website into Dynamic Content Management System

Convert a Static Website into Dynamic Content Management System

We have come a long way to squabble about static and dynamic websites. The percentage of static websites available/present is comparatively is less to the dynamic websites, because today everything depends on the level of interaction a business has done with its customers, which is obviously is not possible in the case of the first option. Under static websites, the content of web pages cannot be changed unless the developer works on its source code. Dynamic websites are connected directly to database/CMS, so any change made in their will automatically reflect on the website. Customers/viewers can easily view updates, unlike in a static website, where the interactivity is limited to hyperlinks.

A printed page Vs interactive interface, there is not much to see through the facts, so if you are working your way through a static website, it’s time you turn it into a dynamic one and if that is your purpose for the day then you have landed on the right page.

In this blog, I’ll be explaining about how to turn a static website into a dynamic content management system, so keep reading.

While you are reading I would like to explain more about static and dynamic websites, because there are a lot of elements that you know before you can actually learn about converting one.

Static Website

A static website is the most basic type of website, where each web page is individually coded in HTML. Since the code is fixed for each page, the content available does not change unless it is varied (only) through accessing the source code.

Initial cost required to develop a static website is very less, but the amount required for website maintenance is very huge. No flexibility and for a growing business it is a perfect disadvantage for a businessman. A scaling business with limited cash and you need to update something on your website, and then you should take the assistance of a web developer, as all the HTML files need to be individually changed to have even the slightest variation on the website.

If you need just an online business card then go for a static website. Dreamweaver, GoLive, and FrontPage are some of the programs you can use to build one.

Dynamic Website

Server-side languages such as PHP, SERVLET, JSP, ASP.NET, and etc are used for developing a dynamic website. Since each webpage contains ‘server-side’ code, every time the web page loads, the server generates new content according to the user commands. Any change, it is easily upgradable and you don’t have to approach a web developer for that.

Steps to convert a Static Website into Dynamic Website

STEP 1: Convert Static Project into a Dynamic Web Project

STEP 2: Create a New Server

STEP 3: Create Mail Servlet

STEP 4: Add J2EE Security

STEP 5: Convert to use the Page Templates

STEP 6: Run Code Review

The conversion of a static website to dynamic website involves adding a mail servlet, J2EE security, and utilizing of web page template for maintaining a consistent look and feel. An SMP server can be used for creating Mail Servlet, while by making use of J2EE editor you will be giving only the authorized users access to these applications.

Note: The purpose of running code review is to make sure that no rules are violated including J2EE, J2SE, and Performance with regards to new security rules.

3 Major benefits of having a Dynamic Website

  1. Multiple Individual Access to Content Management System
    • A dynamic website with a content management system is the best solution to provide multiple users individual access to edit and manage a website. Multi-user blog site is a perfect example. There will be multiple authors, each having their own section; fortunately, with a content management system, they can easily manage blogs from a single interface.
  1. Keeping the Website DRY (Do Not Repeat Yourself)
    • We have various development principles and DRY is one such that encourages developers to write clean and maintainable code. The DRY principle goes like this, ‘Every piece of knowledge must have a single, unambiguous, authoritative representation within a system.
    • So if a developer has to use the same piece of code in more than one place, he can make it as a separate method instead of copy-pasting. By applying reusable functions in JavaScript or backend language of choice, a developer can easily keep the website code spotless and easy to maintain.
  1. Improve Workflow
    • It’s easier to add new pages or update the existing web pages; you need not wait for your web developer to make it. The available web components allow you make variations to the layout without disturbing/altering every web page.
    • For instance, you have a button for newsletter or subscription registration, all you have to do is call respective function, and you don’t even have to work on each individual page for that.