Static HTML

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A static website contains web pages with fixed content. Each page is coded in HTML and displays the same information to every visitor. Static sites are the most basic type of website and are the easiest to create. Unlike dynamic websites, they do not require any Web programming or database design. A static site can be built by simply creating a few HTML pages and publishing them to a Web server.Static content are files that don’t change based on user input, and they consist of things like JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets, Images, and HTML files.

Since static Web pages contain fixed code, the content of each page does not change unless it is manually updated by the webmaster. This works well for small websites, but it can make large sites with hundreds or thousands of pages difficult to maintain.Some examples of professional HTML editing software’s you can use to produce static web pages include Adobe DreamWeaver [ designed to create web pages DreamWeaver is a fully featured HTML web and programming editor], TextEdit [a simple, open source text editor located on apple devices] and Notepad [works the same as TextEdit, except it is on Windows systems]

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Example of work in being done in DreamWeaver

Advantages

  • Generally cheaper to implement on a smaller scale
  • Good for smaller companies as there is no need for any management system; it the responsibility of one person
  • More flexibility is available, as you are not restricted to any template layout (although this can affect the usability of your website)

Disadvantages

  • More expensive to maintain in the long term if updates are frequent. This is because any changes have to be made to pages individually.

  • Client has to rely on a web designer to edit.
  • Increased risk to business, as the person with web skills could fall ill or leave, meaning that the website can no longer be maintained without complications.
  • Management is restricted to one machine. If changes need to be made then this is only possible where the editing tool is installed.
  • Website editors need training and skills to develop the website to modern day standards and practices, This is time consuming, expensive and ongoing.

 

References

86, A.A. (no date) Alex Alex’s answer to what are some advantages and disadvantages of static websites? Available at: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-static-websites/answer/Alex-Alex-332 (Accessed: 11 February 2017).
Productions, S. (2009) Static Website definition. Available at: https://techterms.com/definition/staticwebsite (Accessed: 11 February 2017).
Rapp, J. (2013) Business intelligence (BusinessObjects) … home business intelligence business intelligence platform performance BI load testing introduction to Apache JMeter static vs. Dynamic content. Available at: https://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/BOBJ/Static+vs.+Dynamic+Content (Accessed: 11 February 2017).
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