Static vs Dynamic Websites

by Abhishek Rakshit - Feb 9th, 2020

Your website is the gateway to your brand for your potential customers. With the advent of multiple social platforms, websites have not had the importance they once used to enjoy. Though when it comes to search engines (google, bing, yahoo, etc) websites are still king. Be it Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or PPC, your website and by extension landing pages are the most important aspects. So it’s a great idea to understand what your options are when it comes to building (or rebuilding) your website.

Websites can be broadly separated in dynamic or static websites and let us see which of these might be the best for you.

Dynamic Websites

As the name suggests dynamic websites are usually supported by a backend database or content API server. Wordpress has been the reigning platform when it comes to dynamic websites, providing users with a content management system (CMS) to effectively manage the website pages and content.

Pros

  • Great for websites with a large number of pages

  • Gives you an (okayish) UI to be able to update content without having to know technical details

  • Plugins available for every imaginable functionality (Payment Gateway, Language Support, )

  • Wordpress developers and agencies are quite easily available to help you

Cons

  • These are relatively slower than static sites and need effective use of caching with CDN’s to be able to perform well against search engine audits

  • With multiple different plugins and versions, it is not easy to maintain a WordPress website

  • Need a tight security infrastructure as they are most attacked by bots

  • Expensive to build and maintain

When Should You Consider: If you have a content-heavy website where you have a large number of pages and the content needs to be updated regularly this is the way to go.

Static Websites

Static websites are usually simple websites built using HTML, Javascript, and CSS. They don’t have any backend to mention and all of the content resides inside the page itself.

Pros

  • Simple and easy to maintain if a lot a fancy javascript is avoided

  • Gives a speed advantage when compared to traditional dynamic websites

  • Easier to set up security against bots

  • Cheap and easy to build

Cons

  • No backend CMS so any common layout, header change has to be propagated to all pages

  • Becomes unmaintainable if your websites start growing

When Should You Consider: For a brand website where you have a limited number of pages where content is not updated that frequently. It is also great for PPC if you have a limited number of landing pages.


Best Of Both Worlds

In the last few years based on the learning of the above two, a new breed of websites has come up. These contain the speed and performance of static websites while having the maintainability of the dynamic ones. These are the static site generators. Two prominent examples are GatsbyJS and NuxtJs which use modern frontend frameworks like ReactJS and VueJS respectively. These allow you to use any backend API (even Wordpress) to be used as a content management system and then generate your complete website to static HTML using that content. This allows you to keep your frontend and your content totally separate and brings great flexibility.

Pros

  • Allows you to create High Performance, Fast and Secure static websites

  • Layout changes are propagated across all pages automatically

  • Complete freedom to create a large content-based website without having to worry about the frontend

Cons

  • Being a new technology these are expensive to make currently

  • Not a lot of developers or agencies have yet adopted these so you’ll have to pick the right ones

When Should You Consider: If you need a modern looking high-performance website with a large number of pages and functionality this is the way to go.

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