Differences Between Static and Dynamic Websites
Hosting can be free when set up with github-pages and a custom domain.
Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using static websites:
- Hosting can be free when set up with github-pages from GitHub or with Netlify.
- Doesn’t require back-end programming knowledge such as Php to set up.
- Highly flexible and customizable. You can set up any section to your liking and make fine tuning adjustments.
- Very secure due to not having to login to the site to make changes.
- Loads quickly into the browser due to the nature of the code being very light.
- Makes editing code and uploading it the server a breeze with one click of a button when set up with github pages.
- Very cost effective solution. Static websites are a lot less inexpensive than dynamic websites.
- Can’t use traditional back-end content management systems such as: WordPress, Craft CMS, Drupal, or Joomla. However, there are CMS platforms out there for static sites, like: Forestry.io and Netlify CMS.
- Making changes to the website through the administration panel of the static site's CMS is limited compared to a more robust database driven CMS.
- Not easily scalable. If your business grows, static websites become difficult to grow. One solution would mean transferring over to a more powerful dynamic site.
- Prone to be very stagnant and not used or updated frequently.
- Doesn’t make use of back-end web development technology.
Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using dynamic websites:
- Can use database driven content management systems such as WordPress, Craft CMS, Drupal, and Joomla.
- Can update content and make changes a lot easier with minimal technical knowledge.
- Can create powerful and scalable websites that can grow with the business.
- Can set up e-commerce stores and sell products online with ease.
- Can install a wide variety of plugins that extends the functionality of a dynamic website.
- Allows for more advanced functionality and features, due to the nature of what is available with php or twig code.
- Able to have guest posts for bloggers and allow others to add content on your site without giving full control over your credentials and information.
- More power and flexibility when it comes to maintaining your website and keeping everything up to date.
- The initial cost of creating the dynamic site will be higher than a static site.
- The design of the dynamic site can be modified and changed, based on the parameters set by the developer.
- Is more difficult to set up because it requires the basic knowledge of back-end programming languages such as php, twig, ruby, or python.
- Depending on the CMS (Content Management System) used, and the level of knowledge from the programmer about website security, the website can be less secure than a static website.