Each website is built for a different purpose, which could be to sell a business? products online, or simply as a brochure to show potential customers what a business does, and then to attract them to contacting the business for more information.
This article aims to describe the differences between a static website and a content managed website using a content management system by describing the benefits and disadvantages to SME?s (small and medium sized enterprises.) We hope that this article helps both business users, and other website design firms to understand more the difference between these two types of website.
A static website is a website that is designed, created and then hosted by a website designer and is usually programmed using a static language like HTML or XHTML. Once the website is online, any changes that are needed require a website designer, or someone that knows how to edit, create or delete web pages. Typically, static websites are much simpler to create a content managed website, due to the fact that no database needs to be created.
There are a number of advantages of static websites over a dynamic, content managed website for SME?s, dependent on their business: