What Benefits Can Your Company Reap of a Static Site?
First of all, let's sweep away all the possible confusion and explain how a static site generator actually works: basically it takes content (usually stored in flat files, as compared to the databases that dynamic websites use) and then generates a static website, a structure of static HTML files to be delivered to website visitors. As simple as that!
And now, let's outline some of the advantages for jumping on the “go static” train on your next web project:
- speed: static pages do load a lot faster than those carrying dynamic content and no wonder, for all that the web server has to do is simply return a file (a static one, obviously). Since all these static files are already there, “waiting” on the server to be called upon, once a visitor makes a request, a static website's content loads pretty much... instantly; and where do you add that you (or better put “we”, the team here, at OPTASY) get to optimize your website's source code before launching it, before you and your users get to deploy it
- hassle-free installing and maintenance: as already mentioned, a static website is almost “maintenance-free”; of course that we'd still need to get our hands dirty with all its packages and dependencies upon installation, but that's nothing compared to the “never-ending” struggle of installing and then maintaining the entire infrastructure of a dynamic site (libraries, modules, frameworks, several databases engines etc.); a static website can be developed in any type of local environment, then scaled and migrated to the web regardless of the specific server-side technologies involved
- version control for content: first of all, if dynamic websites handle content separately from the codebase (leaving it “hanging” somewhere else, in a database), static websites treat it as part of the codebase itself; therefore, the whole source code (content here included) can get stored in a version control system (such as GIT repository) and rolled rolled back or corrected in case “accidents” occur
- scalability: it's more than obvious that a web server can easily handle and therefore smoothly scale to (unexpected) truckloads of traffic if it's simply returning static files, right?
- security: since static websites keep everything pretty simple (there's no user input, no lots of different processes involved, authentication or lots of security patches that the end-user might ignore) there's not much left that attackers can hack; there's just a web server returning HTML static files, no other complexities that can easily turn into security vulnerabilities
- traffic flood handling: static websites are better prepared for the “unexpected”, the “surprise” floods of traffic; since they serve HTML files, they “spare” the web server's resources, leaving it capable to handle all the unexpected traffic peaks far better than dynamic sites relying on database calls and heavy processing for that
- lowers costs: and “less resources of time”, as well, since a static site is simpler to maintain and uses less server resources, as well
Is a Static Site The Solution for Your Own Web Project?
This is THE question! For, you should know that static site generators are no one-size-fits-all magical solution.
They can easily turn into the perfect solution for particular types of web projects (for instance a static website might not be a good fit for your company if you're dealing with an extremely heavy load of content and so filtering and search are two crucial functionalities on your site or with core content that is updating feed on a regular basis).
Before you decide whether a static site generator is the right tool for your future web project, ask yourself these “what matters most” type of questions:
- Security and version control for content or user input functionality?
- High performance and scalability or real-time content functionality?
- Low maintenance or admin UI?
Carefully ponder your answers and take an informed decision!
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Have you understood how static site generators work? Have you compared their benefits with their limitations? Have you set the results of your “analysis” against your own organization's needs and objectives? And you've decided to “go static”!
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