Static vs. Dynamic Content

When deciding between web hosting services, it’s helpful to assess the nature of one’s website. Is it a largely static site or mostly dynamic? Most sites are not strictly one or the other; they usually blend the two, but some are more dynamic than others.

Static Content

This is content that does not change when a user sits down to read it or comment on it. The reader doesn’t press a button, causing images to change or move. Images posted to an internet photo album are a good example. Most people creating simple blogs will create static content. Photographs and written text are the easiest sorts of information to upload.

Dynamic Content

Content that responds to user commands is dynamic. This could be as simple as pressing the “play” button on a screen to watch a short video or it might be an e-card. There is some video component, perhaps audio alone. These sites use lots of storage space and they tend to slow down website loading speeds.

User Experience

A user trying to download a static website will find it takes very little time and does not require special programs at the reader’s end. With dynamic content, loading generally takes longer, though only by a second or two if the server is capable.

CDN servers manage this sort of content better than standard servers. With a slow server, dynamic content can take several minutes to load but this is also influenced by how up-to-date the user’s computer is.

Web Hosting Changes

CDN or Content Delivery Networks with Edge Servers around the world are recommended for dynamic websites rather than static blogs and informational one-page reference sites. Pages showing how-to videos or sophisticated cartoons, for instance, should be hosted on CDN.

They aren’t prone to down-time as there is a back-up server a short distance away. Regular servers are located at far greater distances and have to bounce information back and forth multiple times over that distance to complete transmission of information.

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