Not sure if this is more appropriate for Stack Overflow, but I'm a web nerd constantly using the invented word dynamic-ify to describe taking a flat, static web page and converting it into something that can be edited dynamically with a content management system.

Is there a real verb that'd be more appropriate in web development discussions?

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    There's dynamize ... (sense 2: to make dynamic : endow with force) – Hellion Jan 28 '15 at 17:56
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    @Hellion endow with force fits nicely! Would you mind making that an answer, or is my first post an offensive failed-to-use-dictionary type that should be deleted? – Matt Stein Jan 28 '15 at 17:59
  • Well, I wouldn't call it "offensive". :-) But yes, it does seem likely to be closed for "not enough research" or the like. – Hellion Jan 28 '15 at 18:07
  • @Matt: No - dynamize isn't at all appropriate for your context. As Hellion says, it means to endow with energy/force/dynamism, whereas what you want is a word meaning make interactive/context-sensitive. – FumbleFingers Jan 28 '15 at 18:10
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    @CodeMaverick I seem to be collecting some good answers to a fairly iffy question! Thanks for your help. – Matt Stein Jan 30 '15 at 5:44

Dynamize is the first word that came to mind. It looks like at least one dictionary (AmE) agrees that this word fits: https://www.google.com/search?q=define%3A+dynamize

  • In terms of the actual title of the question, I think this is the correct answer. It appears "dynamize" is the single word verb form of "to make dynamic"--granted it's not a widely used word. – DA01 Jan 30 '15 at 5:42
  • This isn't my favorite word, but it does precisely answer the question. Thanks @sgroves! – Matt Stein Feb 1 '15 at 18:08

Why not interactivate?

to add or enable the interactivity of something.

Boss: "Did you interactivate that screen yet?"

Drone: "Yeah, I added the ajax calls and tablesorting last week!"

Urban Dictionary

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    Wow, that's just as made-up but way more fun to use! – Matt Stein Jan 28 '15 at 18:31
  • This is still growing on me because activate is in there, which is basically what happens to these otherwise static things. It wouldn't be potentially misunderstood like animate or even activate by itself. Too bad it's not a real word! – Matt Stein Jan 28 '15 at 18:45
  • My thought was activate might be taken as taking a site from testing to live (accessible). And isn't Urban Dictionary as authoritative a source as the Oxford English Dictionary? – bib Jan 28 '15 at 21:44
  • I've made my public appeal: workingconcept.com/blog/lets-interactivate – Matt Stein Jan 28 '15 at 22:19
  • The catch is that 'interaction' and 'interactive' are typically words to describe the GUI itself--the front end. – DA01 Jan 30 '15 at 5:24

The 5th definition is for dynamic is:

Computers. (of data storage, processing, or programming) affected by the passage of time or the presence or absence of power: Dynamic memory must be constantly refreshed to avoid losing data.

"Dynamic websites contain Web pages that are generated in real time."

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a verb form, as shown below :

related forms

Now, the only caveat to that is the word dynamize which is a verb and yet doesn't appear in the above definition or related forms.

However, on it does show the following on the dynamize definition :

dynamize origin

So it seems to me that dynamize is the way to go if you want a verb. Otherwise, my suggestion would be to simply alter how you convey your intent.

You could say any of the following:

  1. I'm going to change this static content to be dynamic.

  2. I'm going to dynamically change this static content.

  3. I'm going to dynamize this static content.

  4. Or if you are feeling creative, use the origin from the above dynamize definition and use dynam(ic) + -ize to form dynamicize, pronounced (dy-nam-i-cize).

I personally like #4 best, as creativity is always fun =D.

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    Whoa...I think you and I just wrote pretty much the same answer at the same time. :) – DA01 Jan 30 '15 at 5:28
  • LoL ... great minds think alike =D – Code Maverick Jan 30 '15 at 5:31
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    Thanks both of you for slogging through this awful question! – Matt Stein Jan 30 '15 at 5:42
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    @MattStein - No worries. It's actually interesting after I thought about it. That's why I retracted my close vote. I love dynamicize (dy-nam-i-cize). I think that could catch on =D – Code Maverick Jan 30 '15 at 5:48

Animate comes to mind immediately.



1.0 Bring to life:

1.1 Give inspiration, encouragement, or renewed vigour to:

2.0 Give (a film or character) the appearance of movement using animation techniques:

The character seemed flat and static on paper, but the actor animated the script with his unique brand of passion.

The etymology suggests the idea of life:

1530s, "to fill with boldness or courage,"

from Latin animatus past participle of animare "give breath to," also "to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to,"

from anima "life, breath" (see animus).

Sense of "give life to" in English attested from 1742.

Interactivate has been used for the last 20 years. Many of the hits in the Ngram are for an organization called Interactivate and its web presence, but there are specific uses of the word that approach your meaning. From Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens:

  • Kids “interactivate" along the new educational play circuit through the Zoological Gardens.

From From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art and Literature

  • Our ordinary impulse is to use sensors as transducers and components of control systems, and to concentrate our attention, not on the spacial extension of the sensor-field, but on the task at hand. Another view is possible, in which sensors interactivate space.
  • Interesting. In this context, to animate a page would refer to something different and specific, which would be about presentation (moving things around, sliding, fading, etc.) than function. – Matt Stein Jan 28 '15 at 18:10
  • That certainly is a connotation of animate. – ScotM Jan 28 '15 at 18:14
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    I've zero argument that it's a legitimate answer to my question. In practice, however, I'd confuse most people if I said I was going to "animate" a given page. My question may not be clarifying that the word/phrase should be useful in the context of web design and development. – Matt Stein Jan 28 '15 at 18:18
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    Your answer is like the academic reference material for every idea in this post! :) – Matt Stein Jan 28 '15 at 18:46
  • I consider my own opinion worthless unless it is informed by real life :-) – ScotM Jan 28 '15 at 18:48

When describing how a site is built, there's usually two terms: static vs. dynamic.

Typically a static site is just HTML, CSS, and JS files that are uploaded to a server. To update the site, new static files get uploaded manually.

A dynamic site uses some form of back end technology to automate the updating and maintenance in someway--often including the addition of a Content Management System.

AFAIK, there is no particular word that would be the 'verb' form of 'dynamic'. I think for a proper term, you'd simply say "to make dynamic".

As for the other suggestions (Energize, Animate, and Interactivate) I'd say these are all words that have no bearing on the back end. These would all describe front end qualities (like interaction and animation).

@sgroves's "dynamize" is the perhaps the closest to an official way to turn 'dynamic' into a verb. Your 'dynamicify' is not a real world, but hey, it sounds catchy. Maybe go for it.

Personally, I simply say "add a Content Management System". I like to be specific.

  • Thanks for your answer! I like being specific too, hence the quest for a verb that doesn't necessarily exist. :) – Matt Stein Jan 30 '15 at 5:41

Not really a short catchy verb, but definitely more specific than making a page dynamic is making it user-editable.


I think 'to energize ' may fit your context: (TFD)

  • To give energy to; activate or invigorate:.

  • to rouse into activity.

  • I like that this is a real word that could fit. I might have to champion its usage and explain a lot, but it makes sense. – Matt Stein Jan 28 '15 at 18:35
  • I do think this makes sense--however I've never used a CMS that I would consider 'energetic'. :) – DA01 Jan 30 '15 at 5:27

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