I created the first iteration of my Web site by hand in 2000, according to the endlessly-amusing Wayback Machine. While the URL has changed, the underlying design hasn’t. It looked barely adequate ten years ago. Today, it’s either laughable or pathetic. I’m looking for recommendations on how to update it.
Here’s what I’d like:
- the ability to easily update text and add new pages
- a graphic across the top
- a menu pointing at different pages within the site
- a sidebar that automatically pulls in teasers for my latest blog posts
- forwarding old URLs to their new ones
- I don’t have to learn CSS or hack PHP
- served on my FreeBSD server
All basic stuff.
I have no interest in hand-coding the site, so that means a CMS. I’ve found many CMS systems. Most of them look really really heavy. I installed Drupal and got a test site going, but Drupal’s vast capabilities mean that I have to dig through reams of documentation to do comparatively simple things. I use WordPress for this blog, and various documents say that it can be hacked to support a static site, but that’s certainly not the usual mode of operation. And there’s many more CMS out there.
I don’t set up Web sites for a living, and I’m not interested in mastering a CMS that requires hours and hours of learning just to create the site. I would consider paying someone to do CMS configuration, the initial migration, and an hour or so of brain-dump into my head.
So, I’m asking for advice. What are other people using to create small Web sites that don’t suck?Stalk me on social media