Are Static Website Designs Still Relevant?

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Browsing on TabletWebsites can be created as dynamic with approaches such as those using Content Management Systems, or they can be created as static websites which are 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.

Static Websites

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 HTML which is stored as files on the web server's file system.

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 content. They are however quicker to develop compared to dynamic pages and cheaper to develop as well. They are also cheaper to host as they demand minimal web server resources.

Dynamic Websites

Websites comprising of dynamic web pages are constructed on the fly according to the instructions processed by an application server or web browser through server-side or client-side scripting. 

A dynamic language is used to convey instructions to the web server or web browser to assemble the web page every time it is requested according to set parameters that may vary according to context. For example people in different countries may be shown different content from the same source code of the website or the website can distinguish between different users.

Dynamic websites are more functional allowing for interactivity to be introduced into their rendering 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, requiring little to no technical expertise. They are however more costly to develop and hosting costs are also higher compared to static websites since they require more web server resources.

A Matter of Needs and Requirements

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 your business or organization.

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 static websites. This will also mean little cost to your business or organization.

You might be launching the first website for your business or organization and are just interested in getting an online presence for now. At this stage, a static website becomes a good way for your business or organization 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.

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