Static vs Dynamic Websites

Static vs Dynamic Websites

Navigating the Distinctions Between Static and Dynamic Websites

Published Feb 8, 2024
Last Modified May 21, 2024
This is a quick read article and part of the major ‘Hosting my Static Website in an AWS S3 Bucket — Part 1’ one.

What is a Website?

A website is usually a collection of web pages with multimedia content (images, videos, and text) and can be accessed using a URL, which is visible in the address bar: https://www.rogernem.com.
It can be a landing page, portfolio website, business website, an e-commerce website, an affiliate marketing business website, etc.

Static vs Dynamic

Before creating a website you need to decide if it will be “static” or “dynamic”, since this will determine how your web pages are stored and delivered to visitors in their browsers.
A static website is a collection of web pages that are pre-built during development and remain unchanged for every user that accesses them unless modified manually. The content is fixed, typically coded in HTML and may include CSS and JavaScript for styling and interactivity. These sites are suitable for content that doesn’t need frequent updates.
On the other hand, a dynamic website is generated on-the-fly in response to user requests. Content is often pulled from a database, allowing for real-time updates and personalized experiences. Dynamic sites commonly use server-side scripting languages like PHP, Python, or Ruby, and may involve a Content Management System (CMS) for easier content management.
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