This post was most recently updated on February 26th, 2018
Static and Dynamic Websites Comparison - What is best for your site
Basically Websites are divided into two main types, they either have static or dynamic web-pages. In this article, I will explain the main characteristics, and differences between these technologies to help you decide the type of technology that would fit your business requirements.
Static vs Dynamic Websites
Building Static Websites is very basic. You don't need to have a great knowledge in programming and database development to create a static website. As it is built with HTML (the most simple form of web coding). Each page is built with its own coding so the information contained in the page does not change and it looks like a printed page.
Static websites pages are built using HTML and CSS codes only. And you do not need to use any server-side scripting as the Static website does not have direct interaction with web servers. Hyperlinks are the only thing that would offer interactivity to your static website.
If you need to have a small website (that is 1-3 pages only), and you do not plan to share any of its elements (logos, menus, header, footer ...etc) between the website pages then you may go for a static website. But if you do want to share these elements between different pages, then you would have to duplicate the HTML code for these elements on each page.
You may wish to go with a static website when:
- You have simple objectives. You only need to display some few text and some images in an attractive way.
- You are not planning to change the content very often, if at all.
- You do not plan to make any major changes or add any extra features now or in the future.
- You are not much concerned with optimizing your website for search engine.
- You have no plans to enhance your online business.
Advantages of static websites
- Quick to develop
- Cheap to develop
- Cheap to host
Disadvantages of static websites
- Requires web development expertise when you need to update the website, especially if you have a large website.
- Website content does change without editing its source code by a web developer.
- The site does not offer useful tools for the user to use.
- Content can get stagnant or inconsistent when making more and more updates.
- A Dynamic Website
On the other hand, Dynamic websites are built using server-side scripting codes in addition to HTML and CSS.
Website scripting is very useful especially if you need to share elements ( i.e. Logo, menu, header & footer) between different pages of your website. And you may also provide interactivity apps to your website so that your website visitors can use and not just read.
Total Technology´s website is dynamic, for the above reasons. it has interactive elements like its contact form and social media links. We have built our website using WordPress a well-known CMS (Content Management System). There are plenty of other CMS system such as Drupal, Joomla, Magento ...etc.
While WordPress is considered as the most popular CMS, selecting the right CMS that fits your exact business requirements is a crucial step before starting any website development project.
You are recommended to use a dynamic website when:
- You plan to update your website regularly
- You might allow others to update your website
- You would like to sell your products and/or services online
- You may need to add/change some features to your website in the future
- You are very concerned about optimizing your website for search engines
- You want to gain and engage more visitors into your website
Advantages of dynamic websites
- Much more functional website
- Much easier to update
- Offers an interactive web app that people can use, not just read
- Ability to share HTML code between your pages.
- New content brings people back to the site and helps to increase your ranking in search engines
- Can work as a system to allow staff or users to collaborate
- Disadvantages of dynamic websites
- Slower / more expensive to develop
- Hosting costs a little more
Is Your Site Static or Dynamic?
One way to learn whether you are having static or dynamic is to see if the website could be printed out and still function properly.
If you are having an informational profile website which is designed to be read, then if try to print each page out it would still ‘work’ except for any existing hyperlinks. This type of website is called a static website. But if your website is interactive where people can use as a tool and not just read, then it is called a dynamic website.
Static websites are much simpler to build than dynamic websites, as they don't need much coding and are simpler to learn. However, more and more people prefer to have Dynamic Websites for they provide much more useful features.
Despite that many sites are still static, but more and more people are realizing the advantages of having a dynamic website. Dynamic websites can make the most of your site as it would engage your visitors your website by allowing them to use it as a tool or offer a professional & exciting experience for your visitors.
In this article, we intended to address some of the common questions we face from website owners. If you would like to comment on this article or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.