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A History of Static Design

A static site is one that is usually written in plain HTML and what is in the code of the page is what is displayed to the user.

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n such a site the content is called in by the scripting language from other files or from a database depending on actions taken by the user.

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in general, dynamic means energetic, capable of action and/or change, or forceful, while static means stationary or fixed.

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In computer terminology, dynamic usually means capable of action and/or change, while static means fixed.



Static sites - advantages

Flexibility is the main advantage of a static site - every page can be different if desired, to match the layout.

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To different content, and the designer is free to put in any special effects that a client may ask for in a unique way on different pages.

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This allows theming - for instance an author may want a different theme for a different book and associated pages .

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or perhaps for a series of books, in order to match the cover designs or the context of the stories.



Static sites - disadvantages

The main problem with any static site appears when you wish to update the content. Unless you are conversant with HTML and the design methods.

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Used in the site then you have to go back to the designer to have any content changes made.

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This may be perfectly ok when a new page is required which needs design input, but if all you want to do is change some text then it can be a nuisance for both client and designer.

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The second main problem is scalability. If you wish to sell products on your site and you have a lot of them then you may have to construct individual pages for each one, which can take considerable time, effort and cost.