Why do we prefer static sites more than database powered ones ?

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Arlind Musliu

May 12, 2020 · 4 min read · 414 views

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In the context of this article, when we refer to "websites," we're primarily discussing regular business or marketing websites that serve as online brochures, portfolios, or informational platforms. These types of websites often aim to provide information, showcase services, or promote products. We're not focusing on web applications, which are more complex, interactive platforms designed to perform specific functions.

Understanding Static and Database-Powered Websites

In the digital world, the kind of website you build can greatly affect your online presence, performance, and safety. Knowing the differences between static and database-powered websites is important for making a smart choice that matches your goals. Here is a detailed guide to help you figure out which is better for your next web project.

What Are Static Websites?

Static websites are the most basic websites, made of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files. These files are static, which means they are already made and show the same content to everyone. Static websites don't use server-side processing or databases, making them simple to build and take care of.

Advantages of Static Websites

Better Security

Static websites are less vulnerable to online threats like SQL injection or DDoS attacks because they don't use a database or complex back-end processing.

Faster and Better Performance

With pre-rendered pages, static websites load quickly, offering a better user experience and potentially improving search engine rankings.

Easy Hosting and Deployment

Static websites can be put on different platforms, like Vercel, Netlify or GitHub Pages, often for free, because they need less from the server.

Content Management Systems (CMS)

Despite what many think, static websites can use headless CMS platforms to handle content, making it easy to update and keep up without a database.

What Are Database-Powered Websites?

Database-powered websites, or dynamic websites, are more complex. They use server-side languages like PHP, Python, or Ruby and interact with a database to store and retrieve content. This allows for personalized user experiences, as the content can change dynamically based on user interactions or other criteria.

Advantages of Database-Powered Websites

Interactivity

Dynamic websites can give custom content, user accounts, e-commerce features, and more.

Flexibility

A database makes it easier to handle lots of data and content, which can be shown and changed on the website.

Scalability

As your website gets bigger, a database can manage more content and user info better than a static site.

The Hybrid Approach

Sometimes, using both static and dynamic elements is the best choice. For instance, a website might have a static home page for quick loading and a dynamic section for user accounts or e-commerce. This gives you both good performance and the flexibility of a database when needed.

Static vs Database

Static websites are ideal for projects that don't need to change often or have complex features, like portfolios, informational sites, and small business websites. They're also good for websites where safety and speed are very important.

Database-powered websites are better for platforms that need to update content in real-time, have user interaction, and manage complex data, like social networks, forums, and online stores.

Conclusion

In summary, static websites offer simplicity, security, and speed, making them a great choice for many projects. But database-powered websites give you the interaction and flexibility needed for more complex sites. At Lucky Media, we suggest you think carefully about your project's needs before you choose the technology that fits best.

This article is part of our ongoing series, "Which technologies do we use and why?", where we explain the technologies that we use on a daily basis and the reasons behind our choices.


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Arlind Musliu

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