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Static Vs Dynamic Website

A basic website is a small website with limited number of pages and built using HTML or may be even PHP. Technology is not the key here, rather the functionality. A basic website is limited in its functions. A dynamic website will have a range of functions not available in a basic website, for example, a content management System (ala WordPress, with the ability to add/edit/delete content, images and even whole pages) from an admin console, call to action items like dynamic forms in every page, Custom Messages, Blogs, Dynamic gallery for Projects showcase etc… Below you can find the list of differences, between a basic website and a dynamic website,

Static Website

Dynamic Website

A website whose web pages are coded in HTML and the content of each page is fixed and doesn’t change unless it is edited and republished

A website whose web pages are generated in real time

Developed using client-side technologies such as HTML and CSS

Developed using client-side technologies as well as server-side scripting languages

Content remains unchanged unless it is changed from the source code

Content changes according to user’s preferences

Simple and easier to program

More complex and difficult to program

Does not allow many user interactions

Allow more user interaction

Do not access databases

Access information from a database

Cheaper to host

Costly to host

Update can be tedious and prone to errors

Easier to update, design updates can be much simpler

Used for small-scale websites that do not require continuous changes

Suitable for large-scale websites, e-commerce and social media websites

More control and flexibility as each page design is unique

User has complete control over updating the design and changing the content

Plain HTML and CSS is required to create static pages

PHP, JavaScript, ASP and so on can be used to create dynamic pages

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