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Static is what static does

Consumed => “Good Old Static HTML Sites Aren’t Dead Yet. Should They Be?” by Ada Ivanova on SpeckyBoy.

=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…

Funny, I just had this discussion with two different colleagues.

In theory I agree with most of the other comments. That is, it depends.

But the reality is – using WordPress as the CMS context (but I also work with ExpressionEngine) – it’s hard to imagine a site that wouldn’t benefit from an auto-generated XML site map, SEO friendliness (e.g., easily setting meta titles), automated backup, a contact form that writes to a DB, perhaps a sidebar widget with a random testimonial, etc., etc., etc.

If a website – large or small – is a process and not a static slice in time then a CMS makes a lot more sense as well. It’s not that some of these things aren’t doable with a static site, but why bother? Why be so short-sighted? Why not enable your client instead of forcing them into a relationship circa 2005?

Then there’s the tool itself. Let’s suppose you fall ill or are abducted by a UFO. Now the client has to look for someone to manage their static HTML site. I don’t know about you, but unless there’s some sort of hidden upside, I would pass on such work. Files on my client? FTP? No thanks. And if birds of a feather flock together what type of reference might you get from a static HTML client?

The migration path from a static site isn’t pretty. The possibilities of a static site are limited. Were we put on God’s good earth to muck around with dated technology for a brand/client that’s going nowhere? Gawd, email (as a dated tool) is bad enough. Don’t force static HTML sites on me too.

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