A static website directly communicates with server. However, a dynamic website also contains a database to store information because it is not possible to store large amount of information on the server. The server accesses the required information, and send it to the browser on client requests.
Dynamic websites are widely used in many areas, such as banking, Information Technology, defense, healthcare, and education.
Some of the common applications of dynamic websites are:
- Making online payments
- Booking travel tickets
- Booking movie tickets
- Creating social networks
- Participating in online classes and trainings
- Displaying live scores and streaming
- Managing operations in an organization
Dynamic websites changes its appearance and content automatically depending on the user of the website, location and country, and the native language. For example, a dynamic website can change its language to country’s native language where it is being accessed. Another example of dynamic website is online banking website. When a user opens the home page of the website, it appears same for all. However, when the user logins to the website with his/her credential, the user specific information, such as account number, balances, and transaction details, are displayed. All of these information is stored on a database. The web server access the required data from the database, and sends it to the client or browser to display the user.
Some useful technologies for developing dynamic websites are
- JSP (Java Server Pages)
- PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor)
- ASP.NET (Active Server Pages .NET)