Static vs Dynamic Websites

By mcvanrensburg  | 

 November 24th, 2011 | 

Content wise, there are two types of websites: Websites with static content and websites with dynamically generated content. They are also called Static Websites and Dynamic Websites.



1.) Static Websites:


On Static Websites, all content on the websites was placed there manually, by a professional web developer.  This on going process of adding website content, while the website is being developed, is called “design-time page construction“. All this content is added by a web developer and he/she is also needed to maintain the content on the website. Although Static Websites initial costs are lower than their dynamic counterparts, all changes needed on the website needs to be done by a web professional, since some coding knowledge is needed. Therefore, although the starting cost of a Static Website is quite low, it can become even more expensive in the long run than a Dynamic Website, because you will be charged for content added after the website’s completion.


To sum up, Static Websites are cheaper to develop, takes less time to develop and they are cheaper to host.


However their disadvantages includes the fact that they need to be updated by a web professional, they are not as useful to their owners or to the end user, and their content can become stagnant, if not regularly updated.



2.) Dynamic Websites


Dynamic websites are still developed by web professionals, but they offer the customer a chance to manage their own content as well as to constantly update his/her own website, without the worry of hassling the developer. Although they do cost more to develop, they offer so much more than Static Websites in the sense that content that can be added is virtually limitless and to Google, content is king! News can be added as it happens, articles can be written for blogs, a user can add his/her own products as they become available. The possibilities are endless!


So if we take a look at the advantages of Dynamic websites, there are a few big ones; The customer can add and manage their own content, without any coding knowledge. A Dynamic Website is a much more functional website that offers much more options to the website owner, as well as to the end user. By adding new content constantly, you will not only draw a huge amount of  views,  search engines will love the fact that your website consists of so much content, so people will stumble upon your site much more easier. New content also brings people back to your website to search for latest content. So much content, integrated with a social network like Facebook, can make your websites reputation spread like wild fire in no time at all.


The only downside to Dynamic Websites, are that they cost more to develop and also takes a little longer.


If you are looking for a quick fix solution to a website, or have a small budget, or just need something very simple, a Static Website is for you. Anyone else looking to promote their business, who wants to be in control of adding their own content or who does not have a problem with their website budget, go dymanic. Dynamic websites are almost always a better choice.


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