Dynamic pages

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Dynamic pages

Dynamic pages are websites such as online stores, blogs, forums, news tickers, etc. This applies to all pages that are constantly updated and changed. As soon as an online store is called up, its web server is recreated. This happens with every new request. The adaptation of the delivered website to the needs and wishes of the user is therefore a major advantage of a dynamic site.

The following are examples of parameters in the URL by which dynamic websites can be easily recognized: “?”, “&”, “=”

As soon as the content on such a page is changed or added to, the URL changes. According to search engine operators, URLs can now be read by search engines. It is also possible to convert dynamic URLs into statistical URLs. As a website operator, this enables you to use important keywords in the URL.

The difference between dynamic & static websites

Dynamic websites are generated by CMS(content management systems), for example. Content is published independently of the layout and separated from it. When a visitor calls up your site, any text, images or videos that have already been entered into the system are inserted in the right place. The page is only generated dynamically when the browser makes a request to the server and sent to the browser as an HTML page. Therefore, the handling and maintenance of your website is very simple, no knowledge of programming is required.

A CMS is often used when several pages with different content need to be created or updated. The website remains flexible, as you can adapt the layout at a later date without changing your content at the same time.

  1. Send request from browser
  2. Server is controlled
  3. Content is retrieved from the database and the page is generated
  4. CMS plays it back after the exchange with the database has taken place
  5. HTML code is sent to the browser

Static websites are the simplest form of a website. Content, such as text, images or videos, are permanently integrated into the HTML code of the page and are called up as created. Here, however, you need programming skills, changing content, such as replacing images or changing text, the website must always be manually reloaded onto the server.

For small websites, a static website is probably the right decision, as it is cheaper to create and the follow-up costs (e.g. hosting) are lower than for a content management system.

On the other hand, a dynamic website is recommended for large websites that require a lot of maintenance. Here you have the opportunity to announce events, present changing products or publish current information.

  1. Send request from browser
  2. Server is controlled
  3. HTML code is sent to the browser

Advantages of dynamic pages

  • Without programming or HTML knowledge
  • Easy to update website
  • The site can easily be expanded with new content and functions
  • Current content is found by search engines
  • Multiple users can work with the website
  • Changes to the layout do not affect the content

Disadvantages of dynamic pages

  • Training period required
  • Higher start-up costs due to development
  • Higher costs due to hosting

Advantages of static pages

  • Cost-effective creation
  • Low running costs
  • High security/no security gaps
  • Fast page loading / good loading times

Disadvantages of static pages

  • HTML and programming knowledge required
  • Content can quickly become outdated
  • Not suitable for projects with changing content