The Difference Between Static and Dynamic Websites

 

 

Usually people who are preparing to launch their first website do not know what a Web Page is and the difference between Static and Dynamic Websites.

But before telling you the differences, let’s understand exactly what a Web Page is first.

What is a Web Page?

As per Wikipedia, ”A web page or webpage is a document or information resource that is suitable for the World Wide Web and can be accessed through a web browser and displayed on a monitor or mobile device.  This information is usually in HTML or XHTML format, and may provide navigation to other web pages via hypertext links.  Web pages frequently subsume other resources such as style sheets, scripts and images into their final presentation.”

In simple terms, a web page is a document that a web browser can understand and be displayed on your computer monitor or other device, like a mobile phone or tablet.

Got it?

Okay, now let’s look into what a Website is…

What is a Website?

A website (also spelled Web site) is a collection of related web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that are addressed relative to a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL), often consisting of only the domain name.

For example, if you look at our Website – BusyGal Friday Websites – you’ll see that our site is a collection of several web pages, just like the one from which you are currently reading this blog article.

Now we can look into the static and dynamic nature of websites.

What is a Static Website?

Static Websites, work like a brochure because they present pre-defined, static information to the user.  Coded directly into HTML, in the same form as displayed to the visitor, generally, a static website may include information about your company, your products and services, via text, pictures, animations or video and interactive navigation menu.  There are many static websites on the Internet, you won’t be able to tell immediately if it is static, but the chances are, if the site looks basic and is for a smaller company, and simply delivers information without any bells and whistles, it could be a static website.  Static websites are the cheapest to develop and host, and many smaller companies still use these to get a web presence.

Static Website designs are similar to handing out a printed brochure to a customer.  They provide consistent, standard information to all website visitors for an extended period of time.  Although Static Websites can be updated periodically, it is a manual process to edit texts, pictures or other contents and requires basic website design skills and specialized software.

All updates need to be done in HTML or XHTML code, and if you have more than a few pages in your website (no more than 10), it’s really a tedious job to update the site on regular basis.  Moreover, if you yourself don’t know how to update using HTML or XHTML code, then it can be very costly to do so.

Advantages of static websites

  • Quick to develop
  • Cheap to develop
  • Cheap to host

Disadvantages of static websites

  • Requires web development expertise to update site
  • Site not as useful for the user
  • Content can get stagnant

What is a Dynamic Website?

In contrast to Static Websites, Dynamic Websites are suitable for larger websites where the owner may want to update the contents frequently, offer differentiated contents, or create unique web experiences for the visitors who visit the website.  Dynamic Websites can also offer personalized experiences to website visitors.  Although web pages are displayed using the same HTML or XHTML codes as Static Websites, Dynamic Websites generally make use of web programming languages to offer dynamic content to visitors.

Dynamic Websites, often have a separate interface from where owners can manage and update content themselves. They are also called “CMS Websites” – CMS stands for Content Managed Site or more widely – Content Management System. Depending on the owner’s requirement, a Dynamic Website’s CMS can have a number of functions that enables easy website maintenance, content-picture updates, news or events updates, or a more advanced platform with product catalog and e-commerce capabilities.

The main purpose behind using the Dynamic Website Platform is its automation capabilities.  A dynamic website operates more effectively, is easier to maintain, update and expand.  Compared to Static Websites, Dynamic Websites are much simpler to build, when you need more than few static HTML web pages.  This is why we, at Check Point Creatives, use this as our primary platform upon which offer our sites to you!

Dynamic sites on the other hand can be more expensive to develop initially, but the advantages are numerous. At a basic level, a dynamic website can give the website owner the ability to simply update and add new content to the site. For example, news and events could be posted to the site through a simple browser interface. Dynamic features of a site are only limited by imagination. Some examples of dynamic website features could be: content management system, e-commerce system, bulletin / discussion boards, intranet or extranet facilities, ability for clients or users to upload documents, ability for administrators or users to create content or add information to a site (dynamic publishing).

Advantages of dynamic websites

  • Much more functional website
  • Much easier to update
  • New content brings people back to the site
  • New content helps in the SEO – search engine optimization
  • 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

Which website platform is best suited for me?

You should decide based on your business requirements over next 3-5 years.  Our suggestion is to go for a dynamic website, because currently it is much more affordable and there aren’t too many differences in prices between static websites and dynamic websites.  Besides, dynamic websites can manage your static contents too.

Conclusion

So, now you know the basic difference between Static Websites & Dynamic Websites and you can decide which is best for you.

Whatever your decision, BusyGal Friday Websites is well equipped to provide you with quality websites and affordable web solutions, with its unparalleled professional customer support services provided by maWebcenters.

Visit us at BusyGalFridayWebsites and contact our team at 972.863.1128 or +1.800.861.4183 to learn more about how we can put our expertise and experience to work for you!

About BusyGal Friday Websites

We offer complete website design and marketing solutions that includes professional Website Design, Custom Web Development, eCommerce Solutions and Internet Marketing Services.  We developed our integrated solution to be as flexible and user-friendly as it is powerful. Our proprietary solution empowers every small and mid-sized business with the tools necessary to tap into the earning potential of the digital marketplace.  It’s one single resource packed with high-caliber features – eCommerce capabilities, SEO tools, social media widgets and fully customizable attributes – to create a completely unique look and feel that matches the vision of any business.

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