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Static vs Dynamic Web Pages | There are two types of web pages used in web applications:- static web pages, and dynamic web pages. Both are used for different purposes and have different properties. In this post, we will see the differences between static and dynamic web pages.
Static Web Pages
The content of static web pages remains the same for all requests. For every request content of these pages won’t change. Example:- About us page, contact us page, terms and condition page, and e.t.c.
Currently, the page you are reading is also an example of a static web page. The content of this page won’t change until I manually modify something and send it to the server. The content of this page will be the same for every request and every visitor. After few days, you will get the same content on this page which you are reading today. If another person came to read this page then they will also get the same content similar to you.
Dynamic Web Pages
The content of the web page will change based on the time of request generation or based on the input values of the request. Example:- Gmail inbox page, the Facebook home page, live game score page, whether report page, home and product page of amazon.com, and e.t.c.
On the Gmail inbox page, the content will change from time to time, whenever new mail came to that Gmail address it will be displayed in the mailbox. Similarly, on the Facebook page, the content will change in every request. Whenever we open the Facebook page, we will see different content (i.e. posts, videos, and e.t.c.).
The content of your Gmail inbox page or Facebook can’t be similar to the content of other people’s Gmail inbox page or Facebook page. On the live game score page or whether report page, the content will similar for everyone but it will be different at different times. You won’t get the same content for every request. The home page of amazon.com will be different for different visitors and content also change after every request.
The dynamic web pages are complicated compared to static web pages. The dynamic web pages are developed using web technologies like PHP, asp.net, Servlet, JSP, and e.t.c. And compared to static web pages, it requires more work and cost to design and develop dynamic web pages.
Dynamic web pages use a database for data redecoration, therefore It takes more time for loading the web page. For example whenever someone sends a mail to us then it is stored in the database, and when we open the Gmail inbox page then web technologies code gets executed which fetches the content (mail) from the database based on the user id, and display on the inbox page.
Static and Dynamic Web Pages Difference
Let us see comparison between Static vs Dynamic Web Pages.
|Static Web Pages||Dynamic Web Pages|
|The content will remain the same for every request and every visitor until someone manually changes it.||The content will be different for the different visitors/requests.|
|Content of a static web page change only when someone modifies it and sends it to the web server.||Dynamic web page contains server-side code which allows the server to generate unique content when the page is loaded.|
|They are very simple in the terms of complexity.||They are complicated compared to static web pages.|
|Static web pages take less time to load.||Dynamic web pages take more time to load.|
|It doesn’t contain any application program.||It contains an application program for different services.|
|In Static web pages generally no involvement of database for data redecoration.||Dynamic web pages use a database for data redecoration.|
|Require less work and cost to design and develop static web pages.||Compared to static web pages, Require more work and cost to design and develop dynamic web pages.|
|Examples:- About us, contact us, terms and condition pages, blog pages, and e.t.c.||Examples:- Facebook page, Gmail inbox page, live game score page, whether report page, Amazon.com home page.|
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