What Is The Difference Between Static and Dynamic Websites?

Whether you’ve come across these terms online or have heard it thrown around by your web designer, it is important to know the difference so that you can determine the best solution for your website.

Static Websites

A static site is a website that is written entirely using HTML. Each web page is a separate document and there are no databases or external files that are drawn upon.

This means that the only way to edit this type of website is to go into each page and edit the HTML. So you would have to do it yourself using a web page editor such as FrontPage or Dreamweaver, or pay your web developer to make updates for you.

Dynamic Websites

A dynamic website is written using more complex code — such as PHP or ASP — and has a greater degree of functionality. For instance, many dynamic websites can be controlled by a content management system. This means that you will potentially be able to make updates without needing any knowledge of HTML or any website software.

Each page of a dynamic website is generated from information stored in a database or external file. And the content management system that you may use to maintain your website directly modifies this stored information.

Which Should You Choose?

Many people prefer dynamic websites because they have a lot of benefits. Dynamic sites reduce ongoing maintenance costs, make data management very efficient, and enable the addition of any future addons such as data feeds or a comprehensive site search. They also make it impossible to destroy the layout, as might happen if you edit it from a web page editor.

There are some drawbacks to using dynamic websites. First, they usually cost more to develop, because they require more complex coding, as well as the development of a content management interface to enable you to maintain your website. Second, you will need to obtain web hosting which supports databases and dynamic languages. Fortunately, most hosts do offer these features by default.

 

If you realize that you do want a dynamic website which will enable you to maintain your own content, you can save costs by opting for a website that is only partly dynamic. For example, certain pages such as ‘About Us’ or ‘Contact Us’ pages can be static, whereas galleries or product catalogues can be dynamic. Also, consider opting for an open source CMS.

To determine which is best for your website, also consider asking your web developer for their opinion on which would be best.

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6 Responses to “What Is The Difference Between Static and Dynamic Websites?”

  • chaingang April 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    not satisfied …plzz try togive more details regarding the diff b/w the 2

  • Alexs June 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Interesting article, it states clearly the definition of static and dynamic pages. Although I think with the presence of open source such as WordPress and Joomla, cost in developing and maintaining dynamic pages are not that expensive, with the exception of course based on the needs of the client.

    I have one question though regarding this two, which of the two is more favorable with search engines?

    Any answer is very much appreciated.

    • Dushyant June 1, 2012 at 1:41 am

      Both Static and Dynamic website’s are favorable to search engine, if optimized properly.

      Now a days search engine are capable to crawl every type of static and dynamic pages even flash websites.But definitely you have to work hard for dynamic websites because static page are indexed faster then dynamic page.

      Their are many article in web which can help in understanding the best optimization process for both static and dynamic pages.

    • Maryanne June 6, 2012 at 3:42 am

      WordPress is definitely more favorable with search engines…. :)

  • Dave Mags February 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I wish I would have know this information before I started my dating site. He said that it has Api and that i didnt need dynamic.

    I think it’s a static website..

  • Justin September 5, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for explaining the basic difference between static and dynamic websites very clearly.

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