What is External Content?

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Static vs. dynamic vs. external content

1. Static content

A webpage with static content is hard-coded and consists of elements that are created one by one. Although there is a time and place for the benefits of static content, it is considered impractical for content that is constantly changing. Think of bulk content such as a blog, team, news, portfolio, product catalog, etc. that would require you to manually duplicate and adjust large amounts of data to build and maintain. This, of course, is something you want to avoid. Hence, dynamic content. 

2. Dynamic content

A dynamic content webpage changesbased on the data you feed it. The idea is that you collect and store data—or bulk content, in a collection—often referred to as a database. These collections consist of a generated list overview and a dynamic page. Think of an overview page with all data, on the one hand—a blog for example, and a detail page on the other hand—a blog article, for example. 

Contrary to a webpage with static content, dynamic content is not hard-coded. Instead, it:

  • is generated 'dynamically', referencing a CMS or (external) collection
  • automatically adapts to a number of predefined parameters represented by data fields, such as categories
  • allows you to render content from a collection, both on an overview page and detail page.  

3. External Content

Similar to dynamic content, external content is information on your webpage that can change. Different from dynamic content, however, external content doesn't limit you to adding data only from inside our platform. Instead, it allows you to import data from outside SiteManager by connecting to external applications—such as Notion and Google Sheets. 

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You can also have a look at our webinar replay below. It is a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a website using content from both Notion and Google Sheets.










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