Maintaining your code
The traditional way of building static webpages is long gone. In the past years, we have developed new methods to improve our workflow and make our code as efficient as possible. In turn these have led to the most efficient creation of dynamic websites.
A static website (or webpage) is the conventional way of developing pages using only front-end languages. When a visitor opens your website, the content is shown as it was originally saved on the server. Nothing changes to the user. Everyone that visits your site will be shown the same content as everyone else.
In contrast, dynamic websites are generated from the server, and may serve different content depending on the information provided by the user, or saved cookies data. The content is also dynamically provided as required by the actions or current activity of the user.
Websites are made up of a collection of webpages, connected together by links or call-to-action buttons. In most cases, all of the webpages throughout a single website will contain the same layout and components. Some of these can be the: header, footer, newsletter-form, side-bar, site-navigation and modal dialogs. A dynamic website is built to make use of functions that contain all the main layouts and global components. We then call these specific functions in each page accordingly. But what makes a dynamic website so efficient?
Let’s have a look into the main advantages of building dynamic websites.
If all the pages in our website are made statically, each time we want to update a common layout throughout the whole website, we would need to iterate through each page and make the changes line-by-line, and page-by-page. This would make multiple corrections seem tedious and a waste of time. If you have ever written CSS without any use of preprocessors, you’ll know what it’s like to maintain the styling of numerous webpages. The same applies for HTML. Making your website dynamic makes it easier for you to maintain your code and easily keep track of all your changes.
Updating your website
If your main goal is to progressively enhance your website, to keep up with the latest web technologies, and apply continual updates and improvements to your layout and design, then implementing a dynamic website will make these tasks easier to apply and less time-consuming. In a dynamic website all the global layouts are saved into separate functions, so we can simply re-touch the mark-up in one place, and immediately test it in multiple pages. Making another update or change, is as simple as changing a few lines of code in that one particular function.
Building dynamic websites helps you maintaining your code throughout the whole project, and makes it easier for you to continually update and improve the layout and content of all the webpages combined.