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Home > Basic Functions > Links > Getting Started > What is a Dynamic Help System?

What is a Dynamic Help System?

A dynamic help system is a centralized help system that runs on an internal web server or on your website. A dynamic help system is made up of server based .ASPX pages and requires Microsoft IIS and .NET Framework to be installed on the web server. A dynamic help system cannot be run from your harddrive, on a network, or from a CD. Software developers normally host the dynamic help system on their website and include help links from their software directly to pages within the help system.


  • Create new help systems on the fly
  • Track page views and 'most popular pages'
  • If hosted on the Internet, authors can access from anywhere
  • Authors can quickly make updates or add content
  • Can integrate with other web-based applications
  • Dynamically specify the skin in the URL
  • Dynamically display conditional content


  • Does not run on non-IIS web servers
  • Cannot be distributed on a CD or within a setup file
  • Slightly slower than static help systems

When to Publish a dynamic help system?

  • If you want to be able to quickly update your help system
  • If your help system will be hosted on your website
  • If your help system will be hosted on an internal web server
  • If your authors are located at separate office locations
  • If you want to centrallize your company's help documentation

A dynamic help system will look exactly the same as a static help system published from the same project. The main difference is that the dynamic help system can be modified on the fly, whereas a Static help system must be re-published whenever changes are made.

Static Help System


Dynamic Help System

See also
What is a Static Help System?
What is a PDF Manual?
End-User License Agreement
How to Order
HelpConsole 2008 - Enterprise Edition

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