Remember the old days before Windows when you had to memorize and type commands for every action you wanted to perform instead of clicking around with your mouse on various icons?
Basically, you had to learn an entire language for a wide range of functions which we can now intuitively complete with just a few clicks.
Then came along MS-DOS Shell which put a bare bones GUI – Graphics User Interface – on top of that functionality, and after that we finally got Windows, a true GUI.
Same thing has happened with static HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) pages. As the name suggests, you had to learn a language and manually create and adjust every little thing for your website. Now, that same functionality is overlaid with a shell, a GUI that with a few quick clicks and drag-and-drops creates the code for you, which you don’t even have to look at, all you see is the end result.
This GUI can be used to either create static or dynamic pages, with a specialized software like Dreamweaver.
However, a server-side running GUI for websites is called Content Management System (CMS), and WordPress is the most popular of them all. It offers a complete service for your website and it invariably creates dynamic HTML pages:
A huge selection of templates for every imaginable site type you can think of.
A massive amount of plugins which can enrich your website and add new features to interact with your audience, from personal blogging to moderately sized ecommerce.
Easily implementable updates and modifications, not just from a desktop computer but from every device; tablets, smartphones and laptops.
It offers an important option of creating a responsive web design. WordPress, like most CMSs, runs a server-side scripting language to dynamically create the page being requested by each visitor, which enables mobile-friendly websites for devices of all screen sizes.
Any change to your website is done across the board, in whichever category you choose.
Exceedingly easy to design website exactly as you want, without having to employ HTML knowledge.
With that being said, dynamic websites that a CMS like WordPress creates are not universally preferable.
Due to the fact that it needs to run a server-side scripting language for every visitor, it does not load as quickly as a static website would, and more plugins you have the slower it will get. In addition, while all the plugins and templates offer great functionality and enrichment of your website, they will not be completely SEO-friendly because they are built for the widest audience.
Finally, just as is the case with MS-DOS command prompt still finding its use in even the latest Windows 10, so too will static HTMLs have their place.
If you want an easy to maintain, quick to load, cheap to host and develop websites, which you will rarely update, go for static HTML. And if you want a site rich with features and interactivity, that will be frequently updated, go with a CMS like WordPress.