Static v/s Dynamic Websites

When anyone thinks of developing a website they have to decide whether they want to go for static website or dynamic and before one decide anything they have to consider advantages and disadvantage of both kinds of websites. This article aims to highlight the pros and cons of both methods, so you can have some clarity before you shape your ideas into a website.

No one can deny the fact that the growth of dynamic web-sites is spontaneous as compared to static websites, but that doesn’t means it is outdated. Even though we encounter exceptional growth in the number of the website in web world, only the website having quick loading time will receive highest preference, as the static website abandons the use of external database and the codes are completely written in HTML, which means that any user who visit the website gets the exacts same information. In addition to that editing the static website is also very convenient because one has to just go directly to HTML and make desired correction.  

The static-websites websites are simple, straightforward and very cost-effective and with a spontaneous loading time, it is one of the first choices of multiple business owners, however the web design of that respective website should be interesting enough to grasp the attention of the customers.    

  • Extremely convenient to develop
  • Offers spontaneous loading time and comparatively smaller page size
  • Faster page speed can be achieved by caching all assets
  • Non-interactive
  • One can only update by using HTML code
  • Lacks compatibility with complex functions of modern websites

Basically a dynamic website contains combination of various dynamic pages such as scripts, templates and contents. It portrays different content type every time it is browsed and it can also be changed every time with the respective reader who opens the page.
A dynamic website requires client-side scripting or server-side scripting to generate switching content every time the visitors brows the page and sometimes combination of both scripts can be used to achieve the desired goal.
These dynamic websites also contains HTML programming for the basic structure and with the client-side HTML scripting the page can involve JavaScript and other various languages to make changes in the content of the page, as it is created dynamically. Server-side script runs on the server to host the page and this process determines how page is built and parameters of server-side scripting.

Client-side script is basically used to create client-side content, which normally the content emerged from the client’s system and not from the server. In addition to that the browser loads the website’s content from the client’s server and address the code included in a webpage; Thereafter displays an updated version of the content to the visitor.

Server-side scripting is the back-end web development technology mainly used to build a customized response for each input from the user to the webpage. For example Google requires these scripts to fulfill your search requirements and to place Ads or to develop the content as per your searching details. This also includes Display of pages, Process user input; interact with permanent storage of SQL files and to structure web application.

It also employs script stored on the server to process request received from random users. Multiple languages like PHP, C, active VFP and ASP are used to build script, which later on serves the purpose of providing dynamic content to the visitor.  

Now a day many dynamic website use the combination of client-side and server-side script. This process normally servers the sole purpose of reducing the loading time of a webpage, as it eliminates the requirement to regenerate the entire page by the sever and simply just transmit essential content which is going to be changed.

  • Content generation is totally based on user
  • Convenient to update while using CMS
  • Can be used for various complex platforms like social media platform, online stores and forums
  • Quite slower than a static webpage
  • More complex to develop
  • Lacks effective security measures