What is a good design for a simple web site with mostly static pages and a blog?
I am helping a friend build this for their small business. We are looking for a simple approach that can be implemented fairly quickly. (I am a programmer and can help with coding, hosting, etc.)
One option is to use a site like virb, which lets you choose from one of their themes and build a site pretty easily. You can also include a blog. They host the site for a pretty low monthly rate. I recommended this option, but my friend wants a design that is unique and custom. So, I took one of the themes and started modifying the HTML and CSS. This might still be a good option, but...
...If we are going to greatly modify it, why not just create the static pages from scratch and use something like Wordpress for the blog. Is this a good option? It looks fairly easy to integrate Wordpress with a site so that the design and behavior are really cohesive.
Is this a good idea? Do you recommend any other approaches?
Thanks to everyone who posted an answer. To summarize some of the suggestions:
- Code your own static pages and integrate a blog using Wordpress, for example.
- Use a CMS like Wordpress or Drupal for the entire site.
- Code everything from scratch.
Obviously, there may be other ways to do this. I think my friend is leaning towards one of the first 2 options, because she wants the site to be simple and implemented pretty quickly.