30 Benefits of Using a Static Website for Your Personal Blog

Flexible content management, cost efficiency, SEO, performance, and security are all advantages of a static website. See how your personal blog can benefit.
30 Benefits of Using a Static Website for Your Personal Blog

Your personal blog is a statement of your identity. Regardless of your style—professional, casual, or artistic—the underlying blog platform must be stable, fast, and modern. Using a static website for your personal blog is a great choice for all these reasons.

We’ll learn in this article why a static website can make your life easier and less stressful while providing the technological underpinning for your long-term blog writing investment.

Flexible content management, cost efficiency, SEO, performance, and security are all advantages of a static website. These categories are further broken down into 30 benefits of using a static website for your personal blog.

Let’s take a look.

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1. Content Management and Flexibility

Writing a blog is a lot of work. After a while, your blog has many posts. You want your static blog to be easily manageable. After all, you want to concentrate on your message, not your machine.

2. Markdown Support for Easy Formatting

Times change, and so do blog styles. Markdown formatting is a convenient way to write and style your blog entry in a text-only file. Markdown is easily edited when you need a new look or feature.

3. Easy Backups and Migration

You may someday wish your content to appear on a different platform. And you definitely want to back up everything you’ve written. Your static blog’s simple text file structure makes this an easy process. And you can even keep a library of your posts using a versioning system such as Git.

4. A Wide Range of Static Site Generators

There are many free and open-source static site generators (SSG) to choose from. At first, this bounty of SSGs seems intimidating. How do you pick?

Well, we’ve got you covered.

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5. Customizable Themes and Layouts

Most static site generators offer templates, themes, and layouts similar to those used in WordPress and other dynamic sites. These make styling your blog simple and changeable. They also make designing your site fast and effective.

6. Integration with Headless CMS

A headless CMS is a Content Management System (CMS) that integrates with your static website and provides a powerful method of writing, storing, and deploying your blog posts. Often provided as a cloud service, there are many to choose from. Tiiny.host uses a headless CMS to manage its static blog. There are often some fees associated with headless CMSs, but the time saved and convenience achieved is usually worth the cost. Some are free and open-source.

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7. Cost and Resource Efficiency

A static blog is both wallet and planet friendly. You save money over the long haul with a static site.

8. Lower Hosting Costs

Static site hosts are less complicated than those you need for dynamic websites like WordPress. This means lower costs in the long run as your blog educates and entertains your readers.

9. Environmentally Friendly

Because static servers are more efficient, they use less electricity. Less electricity is good for the globe as heat generation and carbon generation are both reduced.

10. Minimal maintenance costs

Static site servers are actually just file storage services accessible through the web. They need little to no maintenance. What maintenance they do require is handled by the hosting service. It’s hands-off for you.

11. Reduced bandwidth usage

Static sites don’t need to converse back and forth with their web server. All the communications that dynamic sites (think WordPress again) have with their host computer take up significant bandwidth. This communication is actually enough to slow the entire site down. You don’t have this communication lag with a static blog site.

12. Efficient Content Delivery through Caching

Caching means storing files ahead of time for your visitors to get them faster. Because the caching is done beforehand, it is much more efficient than having to read the files from the server every time.

13. SEO and Discoverability

Static websites are SEO-friendly by design. They are easily discoverable by the search engines such as Google and Bing.

14. Clean and user-friendly URL structure

The URL (Universal Resource Locator) is the internet’s path to your webpage. It is also known as the web address. URLs have an impact on SEO rankings. Using proper best-practices, the URL structure helps the search engines to understand not only how to get to your blog post, but a bit of what your blog post is about.

15. Mobile Responsiveness

Mobile responsiveness means that your webpages look good on your desktop PC and on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. This huge benefit ensures your visitors can access your content from any of their devices. Search engines, particularly Google, look for a mobile-first website design. Responsiveness is what they’re looking for. Static sites deliver.

16. Easy Integration with Analytics Tools

By far, the most popular analytics tool is Google Analytics (GA). GA offers this free service to any blog owner with a Google account. There is so much to Google Analytics—so much detailed information offered—that it is truly overwhelming. It takes a long time to learn. But plugins are available to dramatically simplify your access to GA.

17. Social Media Sharing Capabilities

Based on the SSG you choose, some features enable you to share your blog posts with social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and others. Your blogging efforts are amplified and your audience is enlarged.

18. Automatic XML sitemap generation

The search engines must understand the structure of your site to index the pages properly. They rely on and expect to find an XML sitemap. XML is a data file format the computer can read. The sitemap tells the search engines which pages exist, which to index, and which to ignore. This is a fundamental part of SEO. Your sitemap is automatically generated with your SSG. With dynamic sites, this usually requires another plugin.

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19. Performance

Highly performant websites rank higher in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). Higher is better. The performance of static websites is usually higher than that of dynamic sites, for the reasons we discussed earlier.

20. Blazing Fast Load Times

Static sites are lighting fast. This is one of their biggest benefits. None of your users want to wait for your pages to load.

21. Easy Scalability

If you get so much traffic—say you go viral—that an ordinary web server would crash then the benefit of scalability comes into play. A scalable website can accommodate a huge amount of website traffic. Static sites are inherently scalable because they don’t involve the server interaction that dynamic sites do.

22. Reduced Latency with CDNs

Content Deliver Networks (CDNs) are international caching servers. We learned about caching earlier. The point of a CDN is to make a cached copy of your web pages available near your country-wide or international audience’s location. For instance, a CDN may have US, UK, India, European, and more locations synced to your blog. The visitors closest to a specific location get the files from that location. Simply, direct, and effective.

23. Better Core Web Vitals scores

Core Web Vitals is a set of performance metrics introduced by Google to evaluate the quality of website user experience. These metrics focus on three critical aspects of web performance: loading, interactivity, and visual stability.

Improving Core Web Vitals scores is important for website owners because Google uses these metrics as a part of its search ranking algorithm. A better user experience, as reflected by good Core Web Vitals scores, can lead to higher search rankings and increased visibility for a website.

24. Optimized asset delivery

Assets are anything besides the text-based HTML files that you serve to your visitors. These include images, sounds, icons, videos, and so on. Optimizing them generally boils down to making their file size as small as possible without noticeably degrading their quality. This speeds up the site and make your blog post load quickly.

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25. Security

Finally, and by no means any less important, is the inherent security that static websites offer. Your server doesn’t have to interact with your pages, so there is no opportunity for a hacker or malware to inject themselves into your website.

Don’t forget to prioritize email security and implement the DMARC policy, which is especially important when using a static website for a personal blog, as the inherent security of static websites eliminates the opportunity for hackers or malware to inject themselves into the website.

26. No need for frequent security updates

If there is nothing to attack, you needn’t constantly update your site to keep the bad actors out. You save time and stress worrying about problems.

27. No Vulnerable Plugins or Extensions

Dynamic websites rely on plugins and extensions to perform their interactive duties. These plugins and extensions are code that the server must run. We’ve learned what a problem this can be.

Also, many plugins are not well maintained. Some aren’t designed securely, to begin with. The inherent insecurity of dynamic sites takes time and money to overcome. It’s a constant battle.

28. Safeguarding Data by Eliminating Databases

Although a headless CMS is a type of database, it is not connected to your website in real-time as visitors read your pages. Dynamic sites, however, must access their databases constantly, making them vectors of attack by bad actors.

Some static sites don’t even use headless CMSs; your blog pages don’t need the CMS to send to your visitors’ browsers. You are safe.

29. No reliance on third-party software

Third-party software of any kind, just like plugins and extensions, has frequent security updates and takes a lot of maintenance.

Since your site doesn’t rely on this software, you’re in the clear security-wise, and your save time.

30. Version Control with Git

If you are comfortable with Git and related services like GitHub or similar, you can store, generate, and publish your personal blog through Git. While Git is mostly aimed at developers and programmers, you can learn the basics of Git in a short time.

The benefits of Git are a reliable backup to your content, integration with your SSG to generate your pages seamlessly, and full automation of the publishing process. That’s really a cool timesaver.

How do I host a personal static website?

Visit Tiiny.host for fast, secure, and easy hosting of your static website.

As a user of Tiiny.host myself, I can vouch for them. They’re great!

Once you visit the homepage at Tiiny.host, you are three simple steps from your project being live on the web.

  1. Enter the link-name for your site.
  2. Choose HTML, then drag and drop or upload your zipped website file.
  3. Click the big blue “Upload” button.

That’s it!

Next steps

Tiiny.host offers everything you need for sharing a professional or personal website on the internet.

Tiiny.host’s customer service is awesome! Contact them directly at Tiiny.host/help and see. They’ll answer your questions about their services, help you out with any problems, and explain any issues raised by this article.