|An ASP page is just
the same as an ordinary HTML web page except it has programming
instructions threaded through it.
There is a
very useful page on the Microsoft site
about getting a server and ASP's running on your PC, but you don't need to read
that, just use Rod instead.
In this beta you tell him what your
field names are and their types. You then select which fields are
searched on and which are displayed - and that's it. He generates 3
pages for you.
'Search Form' page where you
enter the search word or phrase
'Search Results' page that
displays any matches
'Details' page that shows full
details on a selected item
allow you to upload your database to this site where he will
proceed to analyze it's structure. You won't have to describe to him
how the tables and fields are set-up, he'll know.
He will allow a
greater level of control over the scripts that he generates as well
as allow you to deal with images and 'plug in' content management
features so you can update your database while online.
Your site will have to be running on a server
capable of running ASP pages, like MS IIS (Internet Information Server) or MS PWS
(Personal Web Server - PWS runs on nearly all modern Windows OS's
apart from XP Home and ME). You shouldn't even need to arrange your database with your website hosters, as long as your site's on the correct server (don't know -
here) you can simply upload the database and ASP pages and it should work just like that.
The pages that Rod makes have no
design applied to them, they're just plain vanilla.
Once you take
delivery of them you may then apply your own design to them using MS
FrontPage, Macromedia Dreamweaver or most other web page editors.