Cold Fusion, a software suite brought to us by the fine folks at
Macromedia, which allows web-interactivity with databases. With Cold
Fusion web hosting, you can now query, update, index, and chart
databases from any web browser.
interactivity to ecommerce sites. Cold Fusion allows you to publish and
then have automatically removed from your site time-sensitive content,
such as flight schedules or event calendars. It adds functionality to
creating and managing mailing lists and business reports. It allows you
to offer your visitors printable content and customized menus.
page, as opposed to .htm or .asp for example, you know you’re dealing
with Cold Fusion Markup Language (t:CFML).
CFML allows web developers the benefits of Java without its inherent
technical complexities. You need not know Java scripting in order to use
cold fusion. CFML is a tag-based language quite similar to HTML and XML
which makes it easy for anyone with even the most basic knowledge of
web scripting to learn.
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that any web pages using CFML are read and interpreted by the Cold
Fusion hosting company’s server and converted into an t:HTML page prior to
being sent back to the user’s browser.
expensive than other forms of web hosting, and should therefore only
really be considered if its unique set of tools are relevant for your
site’s intended uses. Cold Fusion hosting is usually run on Windows
2000/NT/2003 operating systems, though you can also find support for
Cold Fusion hosting on Linux and Sun servers.
consider when choosing any web host – cost, disk space, bandwidth,
uptime, scalability, support – you now also have to consider certain
factors specific to cold fusion hosting, including: potential tag
restrictions, additional security concerns, whether the cold fusion
hosting company provides database support, and which version of Cold
Fusion they’re using.
security concern is “high risk” tags, such as those that can be used to
find and erase selected files from a server. For some larger businesses,
this functionality is crucial to their operation, though potentially
detrimental if accessed by the wrong hands, in which case a dedicated
server is probably in order. Fortunately, cold fusion hosting is offered
on shared, virtual, and dedicated servers.
Cold Fusion is well worth considering if you’d
like the functionality of the Java platform with the facility of a
comparatively autonomous and user-friendly software system. Especially
if your website is expected to generate an income, you may find that the
intimidating price tag, in the long run, turned out to be a bargain.