STATIC OR DYNAMIC WEBSITE, WHICH ONE IS BETTER?
Nov 11, 2021 · Sara Andolz
Before starting with the development of a site, you have to decide what type of website best suits your needs: dynamic or static. Here we explain both terms to help you decide which one best suits what you are looking for.
A static website is the one that does not require an external database and is completely written in HTML. For the same reason, these types of sites tend to load quite quickly, since the web does not have to be generated every time it receives a visitor.
It’s not only composed of text, it can also have other types of elements such as images, PDF files, labels, etc.
All these files are created once, and will not change depending on who is accessing the page, the information received will be exactly the same for everyone.
- Economic design and development
- Easy to develop
- It takes up little space on the server
- Very flexible design wise
- Fast loading
- They work on any server
- It requires a programmer to update the page (modify content or design)
- They don’t have many functionalities
Static websites are ideal for companies that need a website in order to inform their customers of their products and make their company known.
A dynamic website is one that uses HTML and CSS but also CGI and languages such as ASP, PERL, PHP, etc. It allows the creation of applications within itself and has a much more dynamic design, thus being able to handle events, sessions and cookies, among others.
Dynamic websites load slower than static ones, since the structure has to be processed by the server first.
Depending on who is accessing the page, they can change its content.
Many dynamic sites are connected to a CMS (content management system), an interface that allows the modification of information in an easy way, without requiring programming knowledge.
- Much more functional than a static website
- Easier to update
- Can be connected to a database and CMS
- By updating frequently, it attracts people back, favoring search engine positioning.
- Slower to load
- More complex development, requires programming knowledge
- More expensive
A great example of a business that requires a dynamic website would be e-commerce, social networks and anyone who needs an online form.
In conclusion, a dynamic website is no better than a static one or vice versa.
The choice of the type of site really depends on what it needs to do, depending on the type of company.