If your church is researching web design, you most likely have come across the terms static and dynamic, but what does that mean? And no, it doesn't refer to the static or dynamic sound your tv is making. However, if you are building a site for the first time, redesigning an existing site, or simply interested in web design, you should know and understand the difference; this will help you find and provide the best solution for designing on the web.
The difference between static and dynamic is this: A static web page is one that is delivered to the user exactly as stored; a dynamic web page is generally generated by a web application. Below are a few advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Quicker/Simpler/Cheaper to develop
- Cheaper to host
- Easier for search engines to index
- Faster load times
- Needs web development experience to update site
- Content may become stagnant
- Limited functionality
- Provides a more functional website
- Simple to update
- New content is responsible for bringing traffic to the site that helps in the search engines optimization
- Slower and more expensive to develop
- More expensive to host
Regardless of the static or dynamic website implications, it is important to remember the relevance of what your website is attempting to accomplish. With a solid grasp of your churches perspective and website goals, you will be able to determine whether your site should be more static or dynamic.