31st March 2017

Why Database Driven

Database Driven Web Design

Database Driven Web Design gives you the ability to be in control of the content of your website yourself. This means you will not have to rely on a third party web design company to make your amends for you.

100% Hand Coded

100% Clean

100% Search Engine Optimised

100% Unique


Database Driven Websites

Database driven websites have their content stored in a MySQL Database. You have access to a Content Management System or Administration Section. You would simply log in with a Username and Password. As our Content Management Systems are all hand-coded, it matches your website precisely for familiarity and ease of use. In fact; we pride ourselves on how easy our content management systems are to use.

For some websites (like eCommerce or websites that have user submitted content) a Database Driven Website is a must.

Our Content management Systems can be useful for  any website, no matter how large or small. Because our Content Management Systems are hand-coded, you also do not have the worry of scalability or security.

Database Driven Vs Static Websites.

Static Websites: The content on Static Website pages stays the same. Static pages have to be manually amended by someone familiar with FTP and HTML. This takes longer. It also needs a certain level of knowledge. In most cases every change will incur further costs from your Web Design Company.

By Comparison:

Database Driven Websites: The content is pulled from a database. The page itself stays the same, the content on it however, changes. Differing data can be pulled from your database dependent on the information requested by the site user. Data can be manipulated and filtered and shown in a logical, user friendly format. Database Driven Websites can have a Content Management System meaning the sites owner can make changes to its content with a few keyboard presses and clicks of that mouse.

Some Websites Just Need to be Database Driven.

Some, if not most, websites on the Internet will benefit greatly from being Database Driven. Database Driven Websites are now the most common type of website. If databases did not exist, then a lot of sites simply would not exit. Almost every single successful online shopping website, reviews website, social networking websites, down to a 4 pager rely on being able to be Database Driven. To be able to update your website yourself, or the automation of websites and the manipulation of data is vital in many circumstances. Imagine Twitter and Facebook having to manually process every single photo upload or wall post. Imagine visiting eBay to have all of their 112.3 billion listings on one page! Those three websites would not be possible without the beauty of Database Driven Functionality.

Do I need a Database Driven Website.

Our short answer to this will always be: Yes! No matter how small your website. Smaller website owners will still benefit greatly from simply being able to update the content of their website themselves. From simply changing phone numbers, adding or removing special offers, products and services night and day with a few clicks of a mouse. All without having to rely on their Web Development Company. Websites that run payment and/or subscription systems where the level of automation is a must, the website can manage itself whilst the money keeps rolling in.

How Do I Use a Content Management System.

You will be given access to a part of the site via a username and password. From there you can make as many changes as you wish. We pride ourselves on the fact that our Hand-Coded Content Management Systems are so very easy to use. They also look just like your website for familiarity. As long as you can send an email you will be able to use our Hand-Coded Content Management Systems. You would be able to update all of the content on your homepage, about and contact pages, any frequently asked questions and even your products and services.

Database Driven Website Design

Database Driven websites are by far the most convenient and most common way to get your business on the Internet. A Database Driven Website simply means you are in control of the content. You are in control of your content. This means you can update the content at your leisure throughout the life of the website. urthermore, this also means you do not have to rely on a third party to make any content changes to your website.

Are all Database Driven Websites Equal


Firstly, Database Driven Websites are so popular.  Consquently, many Off-The-Shelf Website Design Programs have popped up over the years. Don’t get us wrong, some are very good, like WordPress. But the good ones are few and far between. They are to support almost any type of website so you can almost guarantee that the coding behind the scenes will be a mess. It will also be have low search engine optimisation. It will also have many functions you will never use but limited in functions that you may need. (See our Hand-Coded vs Off-The-Shelf Section so we’re not repeating ourselves too much). Automated updates can also be a real issue.

By comparison, a hand coded solution is written, designed and developed just for you. All of the coding will be clean. It will be high in search engne optimisation. It will also be so easy to use that anyone with access will be able to make changes to your website. Additionally, we can add new features anytime. Consequently, allowing your website to grow with your business.

Are all Databases Equal

Sorry, it’s a No again! By far the best kind and, by far, the Worlds most used type of database available on the Internet today is (drum roll..) MySQL (stands for My Structured Query Language). MySQL has been around for many years. Some of the worlds most popular and complex websites use MySQL (Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube etc). In all honesty, nothing really compares. There are others who try to compete and, though some do well for certain types of web applications, MySQL is the Worlds leader. Now, MySQL would be almost pointless without the beauty of PHP (stands for Hypertext Preprocessor) and has also been around for years. These are the very two we specialise in. Consequently, this is what we will write your website in.

Finally, as all of our Websites are Hand-Coded from scratch, it puts you in control. The website can do anything you want it to with almost no restrictions. If it’s possible, we can code it. You will further have over 20 years of programming experience available to you through Nottingham’s Media Design Studio Ltd. We use the latest coding standards; using PHP and MySQL, which is the most flexible and leading language of database website coding available today. If you have any questions or would like a quote, be sure to Contact Us.