Dynamic or Static Website
The first choice you will have to make is if you want a: dynamic site, static site, or dynamically-generated static site. We can help you choose if you’re not sure. Here is a quick overview:
- Dynamic sites can display different content based on different context. They have a backend where you can login and add/edit content. When you choose a dynamic site, a programing language will be used to pull data from a database to generate the HTML on each request. The majority of the websites you visit are dynamic. Platform examples include WordPress, Webflow, BigCommerce, Magento, Shopify, Wix, Squarespace.
- Static sites do not change based on context, and only require the use of HTML. Since they don’t rely on a database or a programing language they are easy to maintain, blazing fast, and cheap to host.
- Dynamically-generated static sites are a hybrid whereby developers use modern tooling to generate a static site. These sites can integrate with other applications to enable features not often associated with static sites.
Choose dynamic if you want to manage your own content, leverage free plugins to extend your site, or use a page builder.
Don’t choose dynamic if you are not willing to pay at least $25 a month for hosting plus $10-$100 a month for maintenance or fees.
Choose static if you don’t need to update or add content from a backend, or if you don’t need any advanced features.
Don’t choose static if you’re not comfortable with hiring a professional web developer to make changes to your site.
Web Applications are another type, but at POSHTONE we dont make web apps.
If you’re not sure which route to go, reach out to us and we’ll help you pick.