Static websites for businesses with a limited budget
On the internet you mainly get two kinds of websites. Static, and dynamic.
What is a "static" website?
A static website is a website that doesn't change often. Once or twice a month at most. These websites consist out of a separate web page file for each of the pages. So, chances are, if there are 5 pages, then there are 5 .html files (that excludes things like images and style sheets, etc.)
And what is a "dynamic" website?
A dynamic website is one that can easily be changed, and more often than not, they are database driven, and coded in a language like PHP or ASP.
For example, take a website like www.takealot.co.za - this is definitely a dynamic website. They have thousands of products that they sell, now imagine the logistical nightmare if each of those products had it's own html file - it would practically be impossible to keep the website up to date!
They probably have a whole interface that their developers have created for them to use when they want to make changes to the content on the website. The content is typically stored in a database, and they would use a language like PHP or ASP to get the data out of the database, and display it on the web page.
Dynamic websites also offer some features that static websites don't, for example, a search function, or maybe a currency converter. Even something like a photo gallery, or the ability to generate invoices, etc.
Who should get a static website?
If you have a small business, with a limited budget set aside for marketing, then a static website may just be a good way of getting yourself an online presence. A static site can be as little as R3000, so it is definitely a cheaper option.
You can almost think of a static website as a brochure. It would typically have some information about your business on the homepage, info on services or products, and then contact details.