What is A ‘Dynamic’ Website?

You have decided you need a new website. You now have some important decisions to make. There are two main types of website: Static and Dynamic. To understand which would be a better fit, you need to know a little about each.

This post will be a high level explanation of dynamic sites and hopefully it allows you to learn a little more and inform your choice.

What is A ‘Dynamic’ Site?

A dynamic site is different from a static site as the information it contains can change based on a variety of things. E.g. User, time of day or language.

Dynamic sites generate content when the user requests it. It is rendered server side and then delivered to the browser for the user to consume. Dynamic sites have the ability to connect to a database so you can securely store any information you might need. (E.g A user’s profile)

Dynamic sites can have a Content Management System (CMS), which means a user can update content instantly. This means you can manage content yourself as well as add blog posts, new pages etc. WordPress is an example of a CMS. WordPress is written using the server-side language PHP.

Source – https://about.gitlab.com/blog/2016/06/03/ssg-overview-gitlab-pages-part-1-dynamic-x-static/

Do I need a dynamic site?

The main question you need to ask yourself is, “do I require any advanced functionality for my users?”

If you need an e-commerce site or a social media platform where users need to log in and perform actions, you are going to need a dynamic site.

Dynamic sites are technically more difficult, require more development time – ultimately costing you more money. So it’s important to be absolutely sure you need a dynamic site before you get one built! Be sure to check out our post on static sites.

What can Soft Sell Digital do for you?

Here at Soft Sell Digital, we pick the tech stack which best suits your project. If you have a project in mind and you’re not sure whether you need a static or a dynamic site, get in touch an we will happily discuss your needs and come up with a solution that is best for you and your business.

Craig Jones

Full Stack Developer at Soft Sell Digital