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Websites can be created as dynamic, using Content Management Systems, or they can be created as static, when more simplistic in nature. With recent developments in technologies for the development of dynamic websites, the question of whether static website designs are still relevant is a pertinent one.
Before exploring the relevance of static website designs in the present era, I would like to outline the differences between static and dynamic websites, so that you can appreciate the distinction.
It may sometimes not be easy to establish how a website is implemented, just from looking at it, although there is only so much that can be done with a static website, compared to a dynamic one.
Websites made of static web pages display the same information for all users, without regard for context. They show information exactly the same way it was originally stored, in all situations, and are often implemented as raw HTML and CSS, which is stored as files on the web server’s file system.
HTML is the design language of the Web that determines the structure of web pages, whilst CSS is the design language of the Web that determines style. These two, lie at the foundation of how websites are built.
Static web pages are not easy to maintain, since they require technical expertise to create and edit, and are therefore only suitable for websites whose content rarely changes. This has the downside that it may result in stagnant websites.
Static websites can take longer to create, when compared to dynamic websites because the process of creating static websites is more involved. They are however, cheaper to host as they demand minimal web server resources.
Websites comprising of dynamic web pages are rendered on the fly, according to the instructions processed by an application server, or web browser through server-side or client-side scripting. Dynamic websites are often implemented with a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress or Joomla.
Dynamic websites are more functional, allowing for interactivity to be introduced into their rendering flows, as well as bells and whistles added to the website. They are more functional, enabling more to be done on the website according to pre-set conditions.
Dynamic websites are much easier to update when compared to their static counterparts, requiring little to no technical expertise. However, hosting costs are higher for dynamic websites, when compared to static websites, since they require more web server resources.
To answer the question of whether static websites are still relevant, it all depends on your needs, requirements, budget or even the place at which you are in the development of your business or organisation.
If you have very little content to put on your website, then there is no need to go overkill with a dynamic website, especially if that content rarely changes. Websites that are three pages or less are well suited for designing as static websites.
You might be launching the first website for your business or organisation, and may just be interested in getting a basic online presence for now. At this stage, a static website becomes a good way for your business or organisation to get its debut at being online, and may fit well with your objectives at the time.
All considered, the static website is still relevant in the face of dynamic websites, it’s all a matter of needs and requirements and how much content you have, as well as the kind of online presence you require.
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