What Are The Advantages of Static Websites?

Static Websites Jun 6, 2021

Given the user-focused design of dynamic websites and content management systems, it can be difficult to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of static vs. dynamic websites. Generally speaking, static websites are typically faster, more secure, and more affordable than dynamic alternatives. Here’s a more comprehensive list of pros:

  • Faster performance
  • Lower cost
  • Higher reliability and scalability
  • More secure
  • Less time to create
  • Easier for search engines to index

With all of these perks, static websites draw their strength from their sheer simplicity. The absence of databases and third-party applications removes potential security vulnerabilities, points of failure, performance hangups, expensive add-ons, and infrastructural inefficiencies.

To be fair, however, static websites come with a few major drawbacks worth considering: content is not easily changed and functionality is limited. Because of the reliance on coding and the command line, not all site owners are able (or willing) to make the manual, tedious updates needed to have a modern and effective online presence. Plus, given the scaled-back nature of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript when compared with dynamic programming languages, site owners will have a harder time capitalizing on current design and development trends.

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