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What is Static Webpage?

 

What is Static Webpage?

 

 

Whether you are considering building a website for personal or business purposes, you must decide whether you want your site to be comprised of static or dynamic web pages. Though the end results may look very similar to each other, static and dynamic pages are created differently and require different levels of effort to maintain. Static web pages require relatively little effort to create and host, but they may not be the best choice for a large or frequently updated site.

 Web Page

 

A web page is a file that is hosted on a web server that contains text and/or media such as images or embedded video. As of 2010, web pages can be viewed via a variety of devices including computers, game consoles and web-enabled mobile phones through applications known as web browsers. Web pages are used for a variety of purposes, both personal- and business-related, and can be either static or dynamically generated.

 Static vs. Dynamic

 

A static web page is a page where all the page content, including text and images, are coded into the file itself. These web pages are usually coded in HyperTextMarkup Language (HTML), denoted by the extensions '.htm' or '.html'. Dynamic web pages are generated from a script, which creates a web page from content that is stored in a separate file, usually a database. Dynamic web pages can be coded in a number of different languages, including Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) and Ruby. 

 Advantages of Static Webpage

 

Static web pages are relatively easy to create. Many web hosts offer WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web page editors that allow users of all technical levels to create pages with attractive layouts that can include text and media. There are also a number of free web page creators available for download. If you are skilled at either coding HTML or using web page editors, it is easy to customize a static web page to your specifications.

 Disadvantages of Static Webpage

 

One of the major disadvantages of static web pages is that they take more effort to update. To update a static web page, you must change the file itself manually. For static web pages that were not created using an on-site WYSIWYG editor, this can include downloading the files, making the necessary changes and uploading the changes to the server. This is a time-consuming process, especially if there are many changes to make.

 Considerations

 

Consider both the purpose of your website and your own expertise and effort you want to put into upkeep. If you only have a few pages to manage that you do not anticipate updating much, using static web pages may be an easy and cost-effective solution for your website. However, if you plan to update frequently, such as for a blog, you may want to consider using a dynamic solution instead.

 

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