Static or Dynamic Website?

So what should you do? Static or Dynamic?

The answer is in discovering you website needs.

Websites are normally classified in two broad classifications, Static websites and Dynamic websites.

The Static web site or the so called static web pages are normally created using html with styling done with either graphics or using CSS style sheets. The dynamic websites would be the ones created using programming languages like PHP, ASP,, JSP or relying on content management systems like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal.
Static website were the first type of website to be seen on the internet adn are still being used today. Sites by has developed a few static websites for its customers like Pro-Methods, and Display Craft. Information normally does not change often and updates are usually quarterly or longer time frames.
Dynamic websites tend to use a content management system to allow the customer to update their wesbite without having an indept knowledge of HTML or CSS code requirements.

How to Decide?

Again it really is taking a look at your needs by asking yourself a few easy questions.

  • Do you want to update your website more often than every 3 months?
  • Do I or my staff have the time to update my website?
  • Do you want your website to be interactive with visitors?
  • Do you want your website to become a BLOG site sometime?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions then chances are you are wanting a dynamic website that is based upon a content management system.
If you answered “NO” to these question then a static website might be the best solution for you.

Isn’t a dynamic website always the right answer?

Ok this is kind of a loaded question. The politically correct answer is yes in that a dynamic website can become static in its nature and do the same functions as static pages in a site. The problem is that the cost of development ofter increases when developing in a dynamic based frame work. Cost of development is the main reason static pages still exist today on the internet.

So where do you go from here

Well I have two answers for you.

  1. First you can take a class and learn HTML and CSS style sheets and code your own website.
  2. Second you can pick up a book to learn a content management system such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal. Find a hosting company that supports these open source software packages.
  3. Or you can contact me at Sites by to discuss your best options for a website that fits your needs.

Obviously I really like the last option here. Remember the first call discussing your needs is free (OK even the second is free!) and online communications is always at no charge. But be advised I do not give away the farm.
So contact me and I will be happy to discuss your needs with you and provide you with a proposal to meet them.
Jerry Hartzell
(260) 251-2883
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Jerry Hartzell is a freelance website developer that works in Portland IN. visit her personal BLOG at

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