Did you know that there are about 200 million active websites? And that number grows by the day. A new tech company launches a site to showcase its products. A local gardener creates a blog about growing tomatoes. Everyone is making an effort to have an online presence.
Right now, WordPress corners the market as the most popular platform to create a website. While it’s known for its blogging functionality, WordPress also can help you create a static website for your business.
More importantly, you don’t need any technical know-how to get started. WordPress offers an intuitive interface for beginners to easily navigate.
In this post, we’ll cover how to create a static website using WordPress along with some quality themes to jumpstart your creative process.
What is a static website?
A static website contains web pages with fixed content. It displays the same information to every visitor. For example, your homepage is a static page with a defined layout that tells your visitors about your business and what services you offer.
Static vs. Dynamic Websites
Unlike static websites, dynamic websites can display different content depending on the visitor, the time of the day, or the visitor’s native language. Blogs are dynamic websites because different content is displayed when new blog posts are published.
Examples of Static Websites
We found a couple of examples to help you understand more about static websites. You might even get some design ideas.
Check out this About Us page from Under Armour. It highlights the company’s values and what makes them different from their competitors.
Add a title to your new page and any content to welcome your visitors.
Click the blue Publish button.
Go to Settings > Reading.
Under Your homepage displays, click A static page. Then, next to Homepage, select the new page you created.
Click Save Changes.
By default, WordPress will create a blog as your homepage. So, you’ll need to create a static page and then set it as your homepage. In order to do this, follow the steps below.
1. Log into your WordPress dashboard.
2. Go to Pages > Add New.
3. Add a title to your new page and any content to welcome your visitors. (You also can select a full-width template to improve the layout of your homepage.)
4. Click the blue Publish button.
5. Go to Settings > Reading.
6. Under Your homepage displays, click A static page. Then, next to Homepage, select the new page you created.
7. Click Save Changes.
Here’s how your homepage might look:
You can repeat this process to create more static pages on your site, like your contact page, about page, and more.
WordPress Themes to Create Your Static Website
Now, it’s time for the fun part—designing your static website. Customizing your site helps visitors identify with your brand as soon as they land on your homepage. We did some research and found six WordPress themes to help you create a custom layout for your static website. Find the one that works well for your business.
Elementor is a top-notch page builder for both novice and professional website designers. With its theme builder, you can drag and drop pre-made widgets to display dynamic content onto your static website. There’s also mobile editing to help you build a responsive design — no matter what device your visitors use to access your site.
Divi is more than just a WordPress theme; it’s a visual editor giving you the power to create stunning designs with ease. This drag-and-drop builder lets you design your page in real-time. You’ll have access to more than 80 pre-made designs. Plus, new layouts with royalty-free photos, icons, and illustrations are added weekly to the platform.
Monstroid is a multi-purpose theme with fully-flexible templates for you to customize. Choose from 55+ designs to build a beautiful static website. This theme offers multiple support services at your fingertips, including a knowledge base, detailed documentation, and live chat. Monstroid also adds more functionality to your website when coupled with Elementor.
X Theme includes a bundle of four different themes. Each theme comes with its own unique design to fit your brand. For instance, the Renew theme (pictured below) offers a flat design with clean lines to highlight your content in a clear, concise manner. When you purchase this theme, you also get access to the page builder Cornerstone to quickly make edits to your static website.
With the Avada theme, you can create a jaw-dropping website for your visitors. This feature-rich theme provides a variety of customization options. You can choose your page layout, color scheme, header styling, and menu type.
Salient is a robust theme for making a great first impression on your visitors. This theme stands out from the rest because you can mix and match more than 285 design templates to build your own unique static website. Other must-have features include parallax effects, page transitions, animations, and social media integration.
WordPress is the go-to resource for creating both blogs and static websites. With the right theme, you can customize your website to fit your brand’s style. So, get creative and build a site that all your visitors will admire.
Originally published Oct 11, 2019 11:28:37 AM, updated October 11 2019