Website design and development FAQs

The PowerOne Software website design and development team is available for all your questions regarding websites. We provide you with these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you understand websites and what goes into making them. To submit your question, contact our team through this website design and development question form.

FAQ Summary

 Dynamic website vs static website

A website can be either a static website or a dynamic website. Static websites have predefined content that stays the same until the content is modified. They are similar to a document that you write and save; it remains the same unless you open it and change it. Dynamic website, on the other hand, can be programmed to automatically generate content based on conditions, such as user input, user privileges, website data, etc. They are more flexible and powerful than static websites and can offer features and flexibility not possible with static websites.

At PowerOne Software, we develop only advanced dynamic websites. Our website development team uses state-of-the-art technologies, programming languages, and databases to create dynamic website design and functionality that meet your specific requirements.

 What is a Content Management System, or CMS?

A website Content Management System (CMS) is a software that provides non-technical users a way to manage and publish website content, administer website users and functionality simply by making choices on screens. A typical website CMS allows users to:

  • Create, edit, manage, and publish website content.
  • Create, edit, manage, and administer website users.
  • Create, edit, manage, and publish website menus.
  • Manage customizable website features such as banners, news, RSS feeds, and custom developed features.

PowerOne Software websites include a user-friendly and powerful CMS that offers the above features and more.

 What is RSS?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". RSS is used to publish frequently updated site content through pre-defined data feed formats. Sites that offer RSS feeds publish its material for free to all feed subscribers. They keep feed subscribers updated with the latest site news or the latest the site has to offer.

 Website vs web site

Both terms website or web site are correct. The majority of online web pages use website vs web site. However, web site is perfectly correct.

 Website design and development vs web design vs web development

While each term focuses on different aspect of the work involved in creating a web site, in reality all terms are often used to mean the same thing. Companies and people use terms like website design and development or web design or web development and other variations interchangeably. The fact is that none of the terms can describe all work involved in creating a website. For example, requirement analysis, website architecture, and content authoring are all part of creating a website, but obviously cannot all be included in the terms.

The meaning of each term, and in particular, web design and web development may diverge through time the same way the job description for web designers and web developers diverged. In the early days of the internet, web developers performed all work involved in creating static websites because they required almost no programming and little graphical elements. Today's dynamic websites, require specialized design and development skills. Web designers, for example, specialize in graphics, multimedia, layout design, color coordination, and overall website style. On the other hand, today's web developers specialize in programming languages and databases. Web designers work with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Adobe Flash, and graphical editors, while web developers work with programming languages like PHP or ASP, and databases like MySQL. Typically, though, web designers and developers have to understand each other's specialization in order to communicate and work together effectively.