I've been asked by a few to explain further what I'd like to do.
I'd like to accomplish the entire 183-page site with 2 pages: the
home page and a catalog template.
The home page, which features an item-of-the-day from the catalog
and past 3 featured items, would choose a random item from the
database once each day. The past 3 featured items would be
updated accordingly. Following any of the 20 links to various
sections of the catalog would return page 1 of x pages of that
section of the catalog. Each catalog page would display a maximum
of 9 items with Next and Back buttons when needed. The basic
layout of the catalog template is a 3x3 table.
3. I'd rather not spend the time developing an administrative
interface for managing the content of the catalog right now. How
difficult will it be for me, a typical customer of a typical web
hosting service, to manage the content by other means? Can the
database reside within my html docs dir, where I can access it?
If so, can I download, modify, and upload it as needed?
4. Am I likely to find anyone here that might be interested in
taking this on in exchange for a brand-new color Casio
Wrist-Camera? Anyone interested in seeing (sent privately) some
pictures I took with the older black & white model? It's so cool.
From: Steven Katz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2001 7:03 PM
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: [PHP] From static to dynamic
I have a site which consists of a few hundred catalog pages. The
items in the catalog are pictured 9 to a page with accompanying
descriptions. The homepage features an item-of-the-day, as well
as the past 3 featured items. The entire site is static and
regularly updated manually by me. I don't believe it'll take much
to fully automate the site, which is what I plan to do, or have
done, over the next week or so. Now for my questions:
1. The dynamically-generated pages must remain indexable by
search engines. That is, indexing robots must be able to crawl
the entire site by following the various links to all of the
catalog pages. Do the strings that are passed through the URL
appear to search engines as dynamic, and therefore get ignored?
2. It's important that the site remain easily portable from one
host to another. I have no plans to move it, but it would be nice
to know that it would be a simple matter of plunking it down
somewhere else if I needed to. Is there any advantage to using a
flat file over mysql in terms of portability? How significantly
would performance be affected, considering that it's not likely
there will ever be more than 1000 catalog items (rows)?
I'd be interested in hearing how you'd put this together.
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