Thursday, August 13, 2009

Static websites

The term "static websites" sounds pretty straight forward - as stated from Static web page, (2009) "it is a web page that always comprises the same information in response to all download requests from all users. It displays the same information for all users, from all contexts, providing the classical hypertext, where navigation is performed through "static" documents". There are many advantages and disadvantages to this: -

  • Quick and easy to put together, even by someone who doesn't have much experience.

  • Ideal for demonstrating how a site will look.

  • Cache friendly, one copy can be shown to many people.


  • Difficult to maintain when a site gets large.

  • Difficult to keep consistent and up to date.

  • Offers little visitor personalization (all would have to be client side).

(Wikipedia, 2009)

But as there are advantages and disadvantages there will always be a need for static websites. There were the building blocks for my learning when I started and they could be used in the classroom for gathering information on student assignments. There will be a time where wiki's and interactive sites may take over but I believe static websites still play an important role to e.learning. Picture - blog vs static websites C/O Langwitches Blog

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