What is the difference between a static and a dynamic website?

What is the difference between static and dynamic web pages? Let’s see…

A static web page is a regular set consisting of several HTML pages which are interlinked with links. From the founding of the Internet, all websites were just static. They were standard documents, visited by the various users for the purpose of receiving any information. Such sites have the following shortcomings:

Mixed design and content
The language HTML (HyperText Markup Language), which is an accepted standard of hypertext markup intended to represent the appearance of the page. While static sites pages exist directly in the form of HTML pages, they contain a “frame” – a cap and a footer, a navigation menu, some additional text blocks, banners, links, quick access to the main sections of the website etc.

So on some of the pages that display specific documents, content and design are often mixed. Here we have a lot of negative consequences that occur when you publish new documents or edit existing ones, – they all should be handled uniformly. And if you need to swap some of the functional blocks of the site, or to add a new item in the general menu you will have to edit all the existing pages.


Complete lack of dynamics

In which form you have made the site, in this form it will appear for a visitor – no interactivity and respond to the user behavior:
The complete absence of such features as registration and authentication.

  • The impossibility of separating users into different groups with different access rights to the information contained on the website, its creation, and editing.
  • Lack of personalization of the website users.
    • The inability to connect interactive solutions such as forums, chats, guest books, questions, and answers;
    • Loss of integration with external applications, particularly with email, to create automated subscriptions to various newsletters: price lists, special offers, updates and the like.

The big difficulty with updating information on the website
A static website, without prompt and regular updates, has the risk of losing all of the competing points. In this case, information prepared by the content manager for publication should be approved by the owner of the resource and be sent to the programmer or the webmaster to add the changes to this information resource. Thus modifying old or adding new information is more expensive, because more people are involved, and the process is much more complicated.

Dynamic web sites

What is a dynamic web page? The content of such sites is not stored as static HTML pages, it is in the database and is displayed “on the fly” directly at the user’s request. There are many programming systems and widely recognized programming languages, for example, PHP, Perl, ASP, etc. You can use them to create a basis for a flexible site of any complexity. In the process of creating such a site, you need a programmer on one of the programming languages, due to this the development increases in time and becomes more complex.

But one programmer cannot develop  the full functionality, to make an acceptable design of the future website is possible only when working in conjunction with the designer. In this approach, the information content of the resource is separated from the graphic by creating a special site template. Another advantage of dynamic sites is relatively easy administration of the resource through the admin panel.

Thus, if your website consists of or will consist of many pages or if you plan a frequent update process, the advantage of the dynamic webpage is obvious. And your developers will not have to rework all the pages with a slight design refresh or when new sections of the site must be added.

Our development company Letzgro can make both dynamic and interactive web pages – the choice of the page type depends only on your purposes.  Any static web page and any dynamic web page will be made by true professionals with great experience in web development. Just contact us.

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