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You have reached a significant milestone in the revision of the Newland Tours site. You have created and marked up a new page, created a cascading style sheet for the entire site, built a template, and enhanced the site’s accessibility. Glancing at the site in a browser, it may not seem like you’ve accomplished two lessons’ worth of work. But you know what important things are going on behind the screen: You’ve laid the foundations for a standards-compliant, future-proof, maintainable site.

Beginning with this lesson, you’ll cast aside (for the most part) traditional, static Web development, and move into database-driven, interactive, dynamic site development. Before you can start developing, though, you need to work through some prerequisites, of both a conceptual nature and a technical nature. By the end of this lesson, you’ll have an idea of how dynamic sites work, and what they are created to do; you’ll have Macromedia Dreamweaver configured to work with dynamic data; and you’ll have created your first page that uses dynamic content.

What You Will Learn

In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn foundational dynamic site concepts
  • Choose a server model (ASP, Macromedia ColdFusion, or PHP)
  • Configure your computer to run a Web server with a server model (optional)
  • Reconfigure the Newland Tours site definition for dynamic Web site production
  • Develop a simple dynamic application
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