A static website usually only consists of a few pages with content that do not change very often. These sites have lower once-off cost to develop than dynamic sites, but if you need to make changes often, it could be advisable to rather go for a dynamic site, as costs are associated every time your developer needs to make changes to a static web page.
Advantages of Static Websites
- Lower once-off cost
- Faster loading than dynamic sites
- Cheaper hosting required than dynamic sites, as they usually use less bandwidth and server resources than dynamic sites.
- Developer independent. Dynamic sites are usually built in a specific way, with a specific framework, and thus requires a developer with a specific skill set to manage, whereas static sites consist of mainly html, which is practically common knowledge, and any developer would be able to assist you with maintenance or improvements.
Disadvantages of Static Websites
- Might have higher maintenance costs if the content changes often. Developers usually charge in the region of R 350+ per hour (as of 2011) for maintenance.
- No user registrations, or advanced functionality usually connected with dynamic sites.
- Dependent on a developer to make changes, which can be a problem during public holidays, or on short notice, whereas with a dynamic site you can make changes to the content any time.
Some Examples of Static Websites
Take careful consideration before deciding on a static or dynamic site and you could save a considerate amount of money. Always discuss your exact requirements with your chosen developer to ensure the correct site is developed for your needs. If you have any questions or need some more information, you are always welcome to contact us.