Static? Dynamic? [en]

I had a conversation with Karl the other day, about static vs. dynamic implementations for a website.

Depending on how many page views you have per hour on the server, a dynamic implementation could slow down a site unnecessarily.

The important analysis is this one: divide the number of content changes in a given time by the number of page view requests for a given page. The closer that number is to zero, the more static your content is. The closer it is to one, the more dynamic it is.

My content is definitely more on the static side. I add pages every now and again, edit them every now and again, and of course, update my weblog fairly regularly. I don’t use a database back-end, but I do use a fair amount of PHP to hold things together.

I use PHP because it makes maintenance easier. I don’t really use it because my content is dynamic – so it could be seen as “abusive” use of a dynamic implementation. However, I don’t have so many visitors that it does make a difference to the server.

If the server load did become too important, however, I would certainly consider putting in place a script that would generate a static version of the site (each day or on demand). Visitors would access the static version, but it would be easily produced by the “generator script” on the basis of the easy-to-maintain dynamic version.

What is your opinion on the subject? Are “dynamic” website implementions being used abusively? Under what conditions do you consider using a database as a back-end? Do you have any numbers or statistics which either validate or invalidate the theories exposed above?

I’d love to hear from you. Add your comments below.

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Un grand merci à  J.J. Solari et à  Stéphane pour leur traductions! Maintenant, avant de pouvoir les publier sur, j’ai un grand besoin de relecteurs. Annoncez-vous, il y en aura pour tout le monde!

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Une culture qui ne traverse pas les générations n’est pas une culture: ce n’est qu’une distraction.

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Qu’en pensez-vous?
Peut-être que comme Karl vous désirez le contexte

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J’ai des problèmes de CSS. Alors au cas où vous voudriez jeter un oeil, la table est mise !

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Clear as mud – I know. Drop me a line if you are inspired.

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Si vous maîtrisez bien l’anglais technique et que vous êtes de langue maternelle française avec une bonne expression écrite, je ne peux que vous encourager à  participer aux efforts de traduction des documents du W3C. Si vous êtes intéressé à  donner un coup de patte (enfin, de clavier!), inscrivez-vous à  la mailing-list: [email protected] (sujet: “subscribe”).

Merci d’avance!

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the white carnation

If you’re interested in participating in the next Tara-edited grimm, just drop me a line!

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