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Why should I build a static website?

World-leading businesses are choosing static to launch modern, high-performing websites. Let's explore why your next project should be static.

A better way to build websites

Static sites make a statement. They give your users a near instant content experience on both desktop and mobile, they are easy to build for developers, they are inherently secure, and they rank brilliantly in Google. If performance, security, and stability matter to you, then you’re in the right place.

Thanks to Jamstack, the use cases for static sites are expanding by the day. Take a look at our Community Showcases to see some of the incredible things people are doing with static site tech.

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Static versus dynamic websites

The difference between a static site and a dynamic site is a little technical, but worth understanding. With a dynamic site, the server gets the content from a database and builds the page in real time for each single visitor. With a static site, the site is pre-built, so when a visitor loads a page, the server simply returns a file. This is why static sites appear near-instantly, while a typical dynamic site can take seconds to appear.

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Why should I care?

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They deliver a much faster user experience. If you run a transaction-driven site, then giving your users a fast experience is a key differentiator against your competition.

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Easier SEO

They are easier to rank in Google. Google has also recognized the importance of speed and favors sites that deliver a fast user experience.

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They are inherently more secure, because static sites aren't running code on page load.

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They are easy to develop and maintain. Unlike WordPress sites that require endless patches and updates, static sites are inherently simple. They just…work.

Why CloudCannon?

CloudCannon makes building and maintaining static sites super easy. It brings all of the elements you need to build a static site together in one place and simplifies the whole process. As with a dynamic site, you still need a developer (or an agency) to build your site, but once it’s built the process of editing and maintaining the content is very similar.

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Git-based workflows for the whole team. Work locally or on CloudCannon, stay in sync through Git.
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Automate your Jekyll and Hugo build process to have consistent deployments, without a DevOps team.
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Create, update and review content in a world class headless CMS with a powerful visual editing interface.
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Delight your customers with a website that gets delivered fast - every time, anywhere in the world.

How do I get started?

To get going, you are going to need either an in-house developer or an agency that knows how to develop static sites. If you’ve got that sorted or are a developer yourself, then simply sign up for a 14 day free trial and start building your site.

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