The difference between static and dynamic web sites

Nov 24, 2014

If you’re in need of a website, you might be wondering what your options are. Simply put, websites can be divided into being either static or dynamic. Not to “judge a book by its cover”, but when it comes to the names you may think the choice is obvious; who wants something called static? Doesn’t seem like the best way to lure in the people you want to reach and keep them interested. Especially when the other one is called dynamic!

The differences between the two can be summarized like this:

1) A static website is a series of individually coded pages that link together. They are strictly HTML, so, someone who knows the coding language would be vital to your web development team. These websites are solid, stable and relatively easy to produce, though not always simple to update.

2) Dynamic websites are made with more complex code (such as PHP or ASP) and have a higher degree of functionality – this is geared to be those who would be using your website for more than finding a number to call in the case of a restaurant. They Dynamic websites are easier to update, and once set in place don’t necessarily require coding knowledge.

A static website is cheaper to host and quicker to initially set up once you know what content you want to have on your website but does have the drawback of actually knowing HTML to make any changes. A dynamic website allows for frequently updated content, but can take longer to develop and is more costly to start.

In the end, both are serviceable options that can make your web presence known – the real question you would need to answer is how you would use your website to drive your business model digitally.

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