- Benny V Peterson
You might have heard of the term “Static websites” and ” Dynamic websites,” of course, you would have because these two terms are like a tortoise in its shell. Wherever the tortoise goes, its shells will be brought along.
But you really want to know what these two terms mean. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Static website and Dynamic websites? Or you simply want to know which is the best way to build a website.
Worry no more as you’ve just landed on a short guide that will solve all your mystery questions.
What is a “Static website?”
Static websites are simpler to maintain and update because developers can create them without connecting to any database software.
This is also the oldest way of creating a website in the early days when no CMS offered drag and drop builders.
Typically, there are no dynamic elements on the page such as video playback or real-time chat features because these depend on server-side processing that requires some form of a web server such as Nginx, Apache, Lighttpd, or Microsoft IIS.
What is a Dynamic website?
A dynamic website is a website secured by database software in contrast to a static site. It loads and interacts with dynamic elements, which are typically video, audio, interactive maps, and real-time data.
A dynamic site can create data on the fly, allowing the author to quickly create content without waiting for data to be saved or stored in a database server. For static websites, database connections can be used to store information onsite or offsite (e.g., in Amazon's DynamoDB), but this is not possible for dynamic sites due to the need for connectivity to a database server.
When a user visits a specific dynamic web address, the server gathers a variety of data stored into a database and combines them into a single cohesive web page, which is what the user will see.
“Static websites” or “Dynamic websites” Which is better?
To be frank with you, there is actually nothing like a “better way of building a website.” It all just revolves around what features you would like to achieve with your website and what you want most based on your preferences.
The majority of websites in the early days used Static, but this trend died down since the first CMS was introduced in 1985. Although static websites have recently regained popularity, the vast majority of websites on the Internet are dynamic. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the purpose of the website you’re trying to create.
So, sit down and review all the features you would like on your site. If it’s achievable through a static website, then go for it. If not, go for a dynamic website.
Static website pros and cons
- Lightning-fast loading speed
- Safe and secure as it is less to be vulnerable to attack because it has no database
- Cheap hosting and less expensive to maintain
- Setup is less complex
- As there is no CMS system, it might be a bit daunting for non-tech-savvy people
- Dynamic contents cannot be displayed
Dynamic website pros and cons
- Allow much more dynamic content, which will make sites more interactive
- Increased features and functionalities
- Easily use CMS to manage large sites
- Less tech-savvy skills required
- Not so secure and more vulnerable to hacks and attacks
- Slow loading speed
- Expensive to set up and maintain
- Can be complex sometimes depending on the functionalities required
You’ve known what a static and dynamic website is now, and I am pretty sure you are already deciding what to go for based on the preferences or functionalities you want on your site.
If you still have some more questions that aren’t answered in this short guide, feel free to comment below, and you will be attended to.
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