So what's a static site ?     CMS Sites

A static web site (sometimes called a flat site) is one that is delivered to the user exactly as stored in contrast to dynamic web pages which are generated by a web application. Consequently a static web site  displays the same information for all users, all of the time. 

A static website is used by those whose online needs or offers change very rarely, if at all. A good example would be a tradesman offering limited services, where the pricing is dependent upon very individual factors, making the publication  

Static web sites often comprise HTML documents made available by the web server over HTTP. However, loose interpretations of the term could include web pages stored in a database, and could even include pages formatted using a template and served through an application server, as long as the page served is unchanging and presented essentially as stored.

 

Advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages

  • Simple to create and host.
  • No programming skills are required. 
  • Easy navigation for search engines and users. 
  • Quick to download images, brochures even on lower bandwidths
  • Inherently publicly cacheable (ie. a cached copy can be shown to anyone).
  • Can be viewed directly by a web browser without needing a web server or application server, for example directly from a CD-ROM or USB Drive.

Disadvantages

  • Changes to the site need to be uploaded via FTP. 
  • Any personalization or interactivity has to run client-side (ie. in the browser), which is restricting.
  • Maintaining large numbers of static pages as files can be impractical without automated tools.

However, despite the disadvantages, a static website may still be the appropriate tool to put your offer onto the internet. In too many cases businesses have ended up with the type of site the designer wants to make, and not what they need. If this is what your business needs, this is what it should have.  

So what does a static site cost ?

What if I'll need to make occasional changes to my site ?

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