Static or Dynamic Website?
Whether you’re a small business or a large enterprise, as previously discussed in our ‘The importance of having a website‘ article, having your own website is a must today. So if you are also keen on establishing your online presence, the first question normally is “how to start your own website“. Once you have established the answer to this question, you have to ask yourself – do you need a Static Website or a Dynamic Website?
The very first step is to decide the nature and scope of your website – if you want to display just products / services or also allow visitors to buy / pay online? And the next and very immediately step is to decide if you want to go with ‘Static website’ or a ‘Dynamic Website’. Before you choose one of them, it is very essential to know the difference between them, as then and then only you can choose the right solution that will work for your business.
Static means ‘Constant’. It is a type of website which is built entirely in HTML language. Each web page is a separate HTML file, which remains stored on the web server (where the site is hosted). When you click on the static web page, the request is forwarded to the web server. Once the URL is identified, the web server provides the users with the content stored on it.
Benefits of Static Websites
- Lower Development Cost
- Development process is easy and quick, as anyone with basic knowledge of HTML coding can create a static website.
- Doesn’t require any additional application or device to run on the web server.
Drawbacks of Static Websites
- To make even a small change in the static website, you need to hire a web developer or learn HTML web page editor tools such as Dreamweaver and FrontPage. And if your website has so many web pages, updating them may be a daunting and time-consuming task.
- Sites may not be as appealing and interactive as dynamic websites
- Content gets dormant over time, if not updated regularly. Dormant content is also less preferred by search engine spiders, making your website ranking lower in the search results.
- Every web page is a separate HTML file and there is nothing like database or external files in it.
Dynamic means ‘changing’. It is a type of website which is built using web technology such as PHP/MySQL (in a Linux environment) or ASP/MSSQL (in a Windows Environment). Dynamic website code is more complex but the appeal of website is far better than that of a static website. All pages of a dynamic website are stored in a database or external file. The website owners use content management system software (like Joomla or WordPress) to make any changes in this stored information. A dynamic web page is created either using database or additional web applications, so users can get exact response in context to their query.
Benefits of Dynamic Websites:
- Higher website functionality
- Updating website content doesn’t require any programming knowledge. Using user-friendly content management system, you can easily and quickly make changes in your online information.
- Data security and integrity is enhanced.
- Fresh content help you drag visitors to your website. Moreover, the website that gets updated regularly is more liked by search engine spiders.
- Dynamic website can turn into a potential online portal where you manage your entire staff and business activities from.
Drawbacks of Dynamic Websites:
- Dynamic website coding is complex, so development process will take longer.
- Higher development cost
- Require specific web servers to host website. The web hosting charge is normally a little more expensive than that of static websites.
Which Website should I choose?
Static websites are fine when you just want a simple online presence. If you’re an individual with a quite restricted budget, you may want to choose static website for your online presence.
Using a dynamic website, you can easily attract visitors to your website and engage with them, which isn’t always the case with static website. Dynamic website drastically reduces the ongoing maintenance costs, improves data management and leaves room for future upgradation. Of course, dynamic website development costs are higher initially, but in the long run it proves to be more cost effective than a static website. If you have a tight budget but still need dynamic website, you can choose an open source CMS platform, such as WordPress and Joomla to reduce the development cost.
To know the right solution for your web development needs, you may also ask a professional web developer for their expert opinion.
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