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Dynamic web sites will need a specialized type of Web server hosting called dynamic hosting. With a greater push toward content-rich sites which require frequent updating, more and more site owners are in need of dynamic dedicated hosting.
What is a Dynamic Website?
Dynamic sites are complicated. The pages on dynamic sites will show different content depending on what time of day it is, who's accessing the page, or how the users are interacting with the site. Since the page information changes frequently, this means more frequent updating too. Updating dynamic sites is trickier than updating static websites, and requires more programming know-how. Some dynamic pages change due to user interaction, and content is generated on the user's individual computer. This is client-side scripting. Other dynamic sites change from the server side; content is generated when the page loads. Forums, shopping carts, and submission forms are all examples of server-side scripting.
Dynamic hosting is needed for dynamic websites. Their content changes so quickly that it's just not realistic to expect all updates to be made by hand, the way static sites are handled. Instead, dynamic servers are specially geared toward handling dynamic sites. These servers can handle multiple dynamic scripting languages like PHP, Perl, ColdFusion, ASP and ASP.net.
Windows versus Linux
While most dynamic sites will do just fine on Linux servers, if you're running ASP or .NET, you'll need a Windows dedicated server. The use of ASP and other Microsoft-brand dynamic site building technologies is on the rise, thanks to the competitive push toward innovative, feature-loaded sites in an effort to gain traffic and wow new visitors. Rich content and dynamic elements appeal to the masses more so than static sites; with more businesses building Microsoft-based sites, Windows dedicated hosting is seeing a similar surge in popularity.
Dynamic Dedicated Hosting
With the increased resources required by dynamic sites as compared to simpler static sites, those businesses switching to dynamic sites will need a dedicated server host. Dynamic sites are bigger and more complicated, but they're also way prettier and more fun for visitors than static sites. Your current hosting plan likely won't support the scripting languages necessary for building a dynamic site; you'll need server-side scripting languages. Switching over to a dynamic dedicated server will let you add all the extra features you want without ever having to worry about slow-loading pages. And if you're adding more features, you might as well slather them on real thick. You don't want pass-through traffic; you want visitors to pull up a chair and stay a while.