Comparison Chart

Basis for comparisonStatic Web PagesDynamic Web Pages
BasicStatic web pages will remain same for the time until and unless someone changes it manually.Dynamic web pages are behavioral and have the capacity to produce distinctive content for different visitors.
ComplexitySimple to design.Complicated to construct.
Application
and web languages used to create web pages
HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc.CGI, AJAX, ASP, ASP.NET, etc.
Informatio change
Occurs rarelyFrequently
Page loading
time
Less comparativelyMore
Use of
Database
Doesn’t use databasesA database is used.

Before understanding static and dynamic web pages, we must understand the working of the internet. Web browser and web server play the main role in any internet-based communication. The Hypertext transfer protocol is used for the transaction between the web browser (client) and the web server (server). In this type of communication the browser sends an HTTP request to the server, and then the server sends an HTTP response to the browser with an HTML page and the communication between them ends. So these types of web pages are known as static web pages.

On the other hand, in the dynamic web pages, the web server cannot directly send HTML page with the response. It calls a program that is placed on its hard disk to access the database and transaction processing is also performed.

Definition of Dynamic Web Pages

Dynamic web pages provide a solution for the static web pages. The dynamic web page content can vary depending on the number of parameters. As it is discussed above that dissimilar to static web age, it not just simply send HTML page in response. The web server calls a program located on the hard disk which can access a database, perform transaction procedure, etcetera. If the application program produces HTML output, which is used to construct an HTTP response by the web server. The web server sends the HTTP response thus created, back to the web browser.

Dynamic web page process

The dynamic web pages are employed where the information changes very often such as stock prices, weather information, news and sports updates. Let’s assume a person has to physically change the Web page every 10 seconds to show the latest update of the stock prices which is impractical to physically alter the HTML pages very often, so in this case, a dynamic web page can be used. There are several tools used for the creation of dynamic web pages. For example, CGI (Common Gateway Interface), ASP (Active Server Pages), JSP (Java Server Pages), CFML (CFM or Coldfusion Markup Language), ASP.NET, AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), etc.

Definition of Static Web Pages

Static Web Page process

Static web pages are simple and written in the HTML language and stored in web server. Whenever server receives a request regarding a web page, it sends a response along with the requested web page to the client without performing any additional processing. It just locates that page on its hard disk and add HTTP headers, and reply back an HTTP response. The peculiar thing in a static web page is that the content in these types of the web page does not change depending on the request. They are always the same unless the content is changed physically on the server’s hard disk. That is the reason these web pages are known as static web pages.

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