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Some web sites consist entirely of static pages. Others GenerateStaticPages from infrequently changing content. Some have static pages with a little bit of embedded dynamic content. Many web sites today generate most or all of their content dynamically.

Most are a mix of the above.

Wikis typically generate all pages dynamically from a PageDatabase (though some may GenerateStaticPages every time a page is edited, and serve that page until the next edit; see CacheHTML). While some dynamic websites put more effort into processing information than merely presenting it (e.g., http://www.weather.com), other sites are merely a front-end for a data store (e.g., [Merriam-Webster] or [Dictionary]).

This back-end data store is the PageDatabase. Often it is a true database; sometimes it is nothing more than a set of well-organized formatted files. (The latter is the case for UseModWiki, which stores each Wiki page in a separate file.)

Because of its structure, a PageDatabase is typically much easier to manage and manipulate than a set of static HTML files, or even a set of dynamic scripts. DataMining becomes a much simpler task.



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