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Static or Dynamic Website

The World Wide Web actually consists of a number of browsers or clients connected to a number of servers which provide the knowledge or data intended by the client. This goes on using the HyperText Transfer Protocol or HTTP. Here requests go from the browser to the server and the server sends a response. It is this response that we see as a website page which appears on our screen. Depending on how are these websites built, we have two types of websites namely Static Websites and Dynamic Websites.

Static Website is that website which is saved on a server in just the way in which it is supposed to be displayed. The webpage is saved on the server disk and is displayed as such when an HTTP request is made for it. This request is in form of that website’s URL. The server simply retrieves the file, opens it up and displays it. For a Static website, the code for it and the text of the website are written separately. A Static website is a collection of web pages, cascading style sheet files, image files and so on, saved on a server disk. This a simpler website as compared to Dynamic websites.

Static websites have their own advantages such as:

But these days, static websites are less common because they need expertise in building them. The person building them must be well acquainted with HTML and the design methodology which is to be used to build up the website. Also, the major problem with the static website is that each time you need to make any change in it, it has to be done manually. Each page has to be dealt with by an expert and this can be very tedious.

On the other hand, we have Dynamic websites which are more prevalent these days. A Dynamic Website is one which has dynamically changing pages that are generated in real time. A page of a dynamic website is actually never present or saved anywhere as such, as is the case of a static website. In case of a Dynamic Website whenever a client or a browser sends a request in form of an URL to the server then the server does not load that page directly from its local disk(as is the case of a static website), but forwards that request to an application server. The application server builds the web page, there and then. To do so the application server may take up some information from a database or any other server-side resources. The generated HTML webpage is then sent back to the browser. Each time a Dynamic Website is loaded, it might display different information depending on a lot of factors like what time of the day it is or in which time zone is the browser. There are two ways in which a Dynamic Website can be developed. We can use client-side scripting or server-side scripting. There are a number of application servers available like Adobe ColdFusion, PHP, Classic ASP etc. Dynamic websites come with their own advantages over static websites such as

But the Dynamic Website is a little bit complicated and costly in the initial setup phase.

Thus one should decide between Dynamic Website and Static Website depending upon your requirement and the budget in hand.

Key considerations to attract more traffic:-

Whether you have a static or dynamic website if your website is not properly managed than it will be an ignorable entity in a web world. There are some key components that should be considered for getting more traffic over a website.


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