Static Content Websites

About 70% of websites on the internet are static content websites - that is sites whose pages are individually designed, one at a time, by a website designer or individual beginner to web design. Many websites start out as static content sites, they are the type of sites you make and leave - i.e. once they're made that's it, you don't update them regularly - like an online leaflet or brochure that tells people what you do or like. All website designers and people learning website design start out by making static content sites. This does not, however, mean they are for beginners or any less useful than their more complicated Dynamic cousins.

The Advantages of a Static Content Site:

  1. The webpages are all individual files that can be saved in a folder on your computer and uploaded to your webspace very easily.
  2. Because static content sites are made from individual files you can browse through them offline to see how they will look before you upload them.
  3. Each page can be individually designed to give a less repetitive feel to your site.
  4. The site’s pages are kept on your (or your web designer’s) computer as well as on the live server, which means there is no need to worry about backing up a database in fear of losing all your content.

The Disadvantages of a Static Content Site:

  1. The site will require at least a small amount of HTML and website design knowledge to update the pages or add further content after the site is finished, or require further assistance by your web designer whenever you wish to add to your site.
  2. Static Content Sites can be difficult to manage if they become very large, consuming a lot of your time in the process.
  3. Static Content Sites use up more of your webspace than a database driven site would as they get larger.
  4. Static Content Sites can sometimes be a little slower to load than their database driven counterparts.

A Static Content Site is ideal for:

A small to medium site, between 5 and 100 pages, that requires little or no updating once it is finished.

Many people opt for a Static Content Site with additional areas of live content such as a message board, order form or shopping cart.

Your basic site design would be a front page with an introduction to your business, a second page with more in-depth descriptions, photos of your business and your work (your digital photos can be taken in York and around York and Yorkshire for you for a small charge, or we can scan pictures you provide for free), and a third page with prices, contact details and possibly a map of your local town or village and how to get to you.

You may of course require any amount of additional pages for such things as links to related business and friends’ websites, or anything else your business offers. If your business is concerned with tourism for instance you might like to add information about York, the history of York, how to get to York and reasons to visit York in the first place.