Static Website vs. Dynamic Website

> Static Website

◊ The simplest form of website, in which the website pages is processed without the use of server-side scripting. Static Website is the best solution for low-bugdet website and small content websites with rarely updates.

Advantages of Static Website:

  • Qucik to develop.
  • Lower cost because lack of server-side scripting.
  • Cheap to host.
  • Best fit for small content websites.
  • Easier to contain complex animations & graphics.
  • A bit faster than database-driven websites on slow connections.

Disadvantages of Static Website:

  • No true user-interactivity, as it can't gather any information from the users.
  • Owner of the website can't change the contents of the website.
  • Large Static Websites are more harder to develop & update.
  • Maintenance cost more on the long run.

> Dynamic Website

◊ Dynamic Website relies on server-side scripting (server-side programming) & the content of Dynamic Websites usually stored on databases. This content is managed via an administrator interface.
◊ Dynamic Website gives the website owner the ability to manage the contents of the website, add pages on the fly, allow / disallow visitors to interact and many more features.

Advantages of Dynamic Website:

  • Easier to manage the contents of the website.
  • More user-interactivity. (for example: users can post comments on webiste's content)
  • More functional.
  • Lower cost than static websites on the long run.
  • Searchable content.

Disadvantages of Dynamic Website:

  • Initially higher cost than static website to develop.
  • Time consuming to dvelop.
  • A bit higher cost to host than static website.
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