Server Pages describes a technology for embedding scripts into web pages that can interact with the web environment. Server pages provide virtually the same dynamic abilities as server-side scripting. However, because they are mostly standard web pages it is usually easier for web designers to alter for non-dynamic content. Server pages typically have a performance advantage over CGI scripts (not Servlets).
Typical use of server-side programming:
- Personalized page content to the user's needs
- Enable the web browser to act as a database interface
- Alter page content based on browser/OS platform
common serverpage types
- Popular scaleable web app.'s can be purchased for most UNIX and WinNT servers
- ASP (Active Server Pages)
- Microsoft's version of a scaleable engine. Built into Microsoft IIS
- JSP (Java Server Pages)
- Newer, very powerful platform. Built into some web servers can be purchased for others.
- Carefully select your server pages platform. While each version can accomplish nearly identical functionality some will be a better fit for where you are and where your web future will be.
- If you use 3rd party hosting check to see which server pages they support and if there are any additional costs.