What are Database Websites and How are They Built?
A database website or a database drive website uses a database for most of its content. This means, the content isn’t actually sitting on the server in a file. Instead it’s found in tables and columns inside the database.
Two main types of websites exist: static and dynamic. A database website is a dynamic site, whereas if the website is created with each page found in a file, on the server, it’s referred to as a static website.
Using a Content Management System for a Database Website
Most database or dynamic websites us a content management system (CMS). WordPress happens to be the most popular of the CMS choices and leverages the power of MySQL databases.
The CMS provides an easier way for the webmaster to add, subtract and manage the website content. Typically, the webmaster will use an administrative area or a dashboard to add pages, add posts, edit content or delete content. Through the admin area, they may be able to upload images, PDF files and other documents.
All of the content will remain stored on a database, while other files associated with the site may be stored in a file system. For example, images and documents may be stored on the database, while templates and plugins are stored in the file system.
What are the Benefits of a Database Driven Website?
Database websites come with a variety of benefits including:
- Easily transferrable from one hosting account to another
- Ability to add a shopping cart
- Easily add a blog or forum
- Create multiple user profiles with different access levels
- Ability to provide advanced search functions for visitors
- Easily customize the look and function with plugins or extensions
- Can be integrated with applications
- And Many More!
Many webmasters choose to create a database website because it eliminates the need to understand how to write code for a website. Novice users can simply install a CMS, such as WordPress and customize the look and functionality of the website through the dashboard. This makes it much easier to create a professional website, much faster.
How to Create a Database Website
The easiest way to create a database website is with a CMS. For example, if you open a hosting account with ITX Design, you will access to a number of great tools, including WordPress. All you need to do to create a database driven website is follow these simple steps:
- Log into your cPanel
- Find the Fantastico logo (A blue circle with a face on it)
- Click on the logo
- Select WordPress or any other CMS from the side menu
- Follow the simple installation instructions for the CMS
It takes less than five minutes to set up a database driven website with WordPress or any other CMS you choose. Once you’ve completed the steps above, you will be able to log in to your administrative area or dashboard and customize your new website.
Of course, if you have the right technical knowledge, you can set up a database driven website without the help of a CMS. You will need to know how to:
- Write code in server side scripting language, such as ColdFusion or PHP
- Write a SQL
- Design/Build a database
If you have these skills or can learn these skills, you will be able to create a database website basically from scratch.
Where Should You Start?
Starting your own website can be a heavy task, especially if you don’t know where to start. Most websites are dynamic because of the many options provided, so you certainly want to be able to create a database drive website.
All websites needs hosting from a reputable company capable of providing a solid foundation for the website. ITX Design uses the best servers in the industry and provides 24/7/365 technical support from industry experts. With any of the hosting packages from ITX Design, you can create a database website with the free tools included.
Hosting packages start as low as $4.95 per month and you will receive a number of powerful tools making it easy to create a database driven website. Whether you choose WordPress as your CMS or you decide you prefer a different content management system, you will be able to get your website up and running fast with hosting from ITX Design.
If you still have questions or you just want to make sure you choose the right hosting package for your specific needs, contact our support team today. We’re always happy to help.