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09 April 2013
Do I need a dynamic website? 
One of the most basic decisions when considering a new website project is what type of architecture (or, in more basic terms, engine) to use to drive the whole thing. The size of the site is important here as it is not really worth creating an elaborate dynamic engine to drive 10 pages of content. However, if the content is there or it will be there in the future, the dynamic PHP-driven sites are definitely the way to.

Cerysmatic Factory started off life as (shudder) a frames-based site way back in the mysts of time. The internet was young and, hey, I didn't know any better or how to do any better. Years passed and I was introduced to PHP by an old friend. The site was in a heavy period of expansion and frames were clearly very passé (and, let's face it, downright annoying) so it was time for a change. And so the Mark II site was born. The header and navigation were still separate from the content but everything was brought more into the modern era and people didn't send me messages saying how annoying the frames were.

Some problems still lingered, mainly that the metacontent was same regardless of which page was being selected. This meant that search engine optimisation was being compromised. A further conceptual collaboration on a metacontent-harvesting system resulted in every page being optimised to within an inch of its life.

More time passed until eventually there was so much content (1800+ pages) that I decided that what would be really great would be if every page had its own related set of highlights content. Further collaboration ensued conceptualising and delivering the new, enhanced PHP engine that you see on the site today. I still don't profess to totally understand PHP but I now know enough to manipulate it and make the occasional tweak. I can't your PHP site from scratch and make it sing and dance but I have a very good template which does very well thank you.

See also ltmrecordings.com for an example of a large dynamic site.

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