This topic can get into never-ending debates.
A static website for the purposes of this blog means that you create a page and it doesn’t change. All of these pages can be accessed from the navigation menu that the website has at the top. These types of sites are the “business card” websites where clients just want people to know they are on the web, give them some info about their company, a phone number, address, and maybe a contact form to get a hold of them. As a developer, this is the type of site that I design for the client, make live, and don’t hear from them again for a few months: sometimes never.
A dynamic website is a good way of pushing new content onto the web, so that your subscribers have something different to see often. I know you can have websites that whilst appearing static, can change their information daily: even by the second. These types of websites are generally referred to as dynamic, or content driven websites. Everytime you go back to these sites, the information is updated and newer. When I design this type of site for a client will ensure an ongoing relationship as their needs grow for more content and more interesting things to show their clients.
This is what made me choose WordPress to begin with. This is by no means the definitive article on the difference between these particular, but just to give you an idea of how they can give you an idea of what it is you need. In my book, most websites will fall into these 2 categories: Static type or Dynamic Type. The difference is usually in what they do, and maybe how they do it. Take a look at the following list of types of websites, and you will notice similarities between them. They may be distinctive, but not all together different.
Websites are designed and developed on different platforms or programs. For example, this website is using WordPress as the platform to design it. Other sites might use similar less popular platforms, and some even have teams of programmers design a proprietary platform in which to design their sites. It can be as complicated or as simple as you like from this point forward, so I am deciding to keep it simple. Some you will have heard of, and some you will not, so don’t panic, there is always one to suit your needs. I choose WordPress, other platforms include, but are definitely not limited to:
These also have programming behind them that would make that another platform, so it goes on, and on, and on. Programmers develop platforms to design end user programs such as Joomla, WordPress, and others.