Static Or Dynamic Web Pages Which Should You Choose?

Expert Author Matthew Way
When first beginning to promote your business online, deciding on which type of website to build can be the first stumbling block. By knowing about the different types of sites and what the pros and cons are, you'll be armed with knowledge that can help you turn that stumbling block into a stepping stone.
Why Worry About Details?
True, many people prefer not to know the details of how something works. Yet, when choosing how you will go about getting your business online, learning the available options can help or hurt you in a variety of areas. Three of these are time, money, and effort.
Time is something of which everyone wants more. The fact that people sell there time to companies or other individuals shows that we view time as a commodity. How you choose to have your website built can drain you of this precious life element - particularly if you are the one building the website.
Like time, money too is something to be desired by most people. In fact, money is so closely related to time that some equate the two by the saying "time is money". Your decision between a dynamic website and a static website can be affected by how much of this resource you choose to spend on the project.
Effort is needed in any endeavor one decides to approach. And your website is no different, the effort you, as the site owner decide to put into the project can help you to control both time and money. Let's look at how time, money, and effort are effected by the pros and cons of each of the two main type of web pages, static and dynamic.
Static Web Pages
As the name implies, these pages are created and placed on the Internet individually. Once built, they stay as they are without changing unless someone rewrites the page and replaces the old file with the new. What are the pros and cons of this type of page?
Since these pages must be changed by someone, each edit requires time and effort by someone. If you are willing to invest your time and effort to make these changes on a regular basis, you'll need to know HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) or be willing to learn this language in order to do these updates yourself. On the other hand, you can choose to pay a professional web designer or developer to take care of this for you.
Even if you choose choose to pay a professional to maintain your site. The type of site you choose, can affect the amount of money you'll spend. By choosing a static site, you'll find more designers that are skilled in building your web pages, so you have more options. For this reason along with others, static sites usually cost less to build than do dynamic sites. What you save up front though can translate into more cost in the long run. If your pages need edited regularly, the designer will most likely be billing you for each round of changes so keep that in mind as you make your decision. If you'll be doing these changes yourself, remember time and effort are involved.
Dynamic Websites
As appealing as static websites sound, for some site owners, the idea of a dynamic website sounds even better. A dynamic site could be described as on that "thinks" or makes decisions when the request for the page is made. For example, a dynamic site can keep track of which visitor is requesting the page and personalize that page when the visitor asks for it. Although it is still a single page, it appears unique to each user, perhaps even displaying their user name.
Like static pages, dynamic web pages have advantages and disadvantages. As you can imagine, the benefits are many and varied. One advantage is that one file on your site can be used to generate thousands of unique pages, making your site bigger. Another plus is that dynamic sites can be programmed to allow non-savvy editors and content creators to add content to the site themselves. An example might be of a real estate agent adding properties to her website through an admin area. These pros are very appealing to most, yet there are cons as well.
Dynamic sites surpass static site in complexity, size along with features and benefits. Since this true, a larger skill set is needed to create, test and launch a dynamic website. Where static sites use from 1-3 languages or technologies to create, a dynamic site needs 3-5 to complete. This results in a larger cost at the beginning. Down the road though dynamic sites can save money, if you are willing to invest time and effort in maintaining your site content. How so? Well, if you can make the content updates through your admin area of the site, then you need not pay a designer to edit it for you.
So, as a general rule, static sites generally cost less overall in the beginning and you can reduce costs through time and effort while dynamic sites usually cost more to begin with and can save you time and effort in the long run depending on how "dynamic" the site is. The choice of which type to build, or have built, will be easier though when you know what to expect moving forward.
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