I need a website... Where do I start?

When deciding to go down the “it’s time to get a website path” I remember it being a daunting task, filled with both excitement and gosh, where do I start. You would have no doubt heard or starting hearing terms you’ve never heard of before like, CMS, Drupal, HTML, CSS, Javascript, blog, wordpress, domain names and servers etc. This would be enough to put anyone off and starts to hurt the head pretty quickly. More questions arise like do you need a custom design or a Prebuilt template?

Don’t Panic, hopefully we can share some information about these system and help your understanding. For today we are going to focus on a Static HTML website.

STATIC WEBSITES

A static web page (sometimes called a flat page/stationary page) is a web page that is delivered to the user exactly as stored, in contrast to dynamic web pages which are generated by a web application. - Wikipedia

Static webpages are great for small business with content that don't need constant updating. A static website contains pages with fixed content, text, photos, youtube clips etc, similar to that of any website but each page is hand coded and displays the same information to every visitor. 

Note - A static website requires a web developer to build the web pages and make changes to  the content on those pages. Larger websites typically use dynamic pages, (pages which can be updated by simply modifying a content management system. We will discuss these in a later post.)

 

WHAT WEBSITES OR COMPANIES ARE SUITED TO A STATIC WEBSITE?

  • Websites that don’t need constantly updated
  • Businesses that are simply wanting a web presence and providing basic details. (A Static webpage is good for gaining enquiries or delivering contact information.)
  • Startup Companies that need a web presence immediately.

 

SOME BENEFITS OF A STATIC WEBSITE

  • Often considered cheaper (Once built you just hosting fees)
  • More flexible in terms of layout. Not limited to a template or the structure of template code.
  • Once it is up it ticks over and requires little maintenance.
  • Static websites can still be responsive (mobile and tablet friendly) - Learn about Responsive Websites here.

 

5 EXAMPLE OF STATIC HTML WEBSITES

  • Starwoodspecialise in the manufacture of beech wood skewers.
  • Stompz - Stompz is a Timaru based fashion footwear store who specialise in high quality fashion footwear and accessories for all ages at an affordable price.
  • Unspoken - Bodies, emotions, relationships - They don’t always feel good.
  • Tailored Moments - It's all about celebrating life and Making Memories. The moment is now, not tomorrow, yesterday or someday!
  • Economy Campers - Reliable and functional Hi-top camper-vans with ample headroom, easily driven and highly manoeuvrable vehicles.