Need to create a simple website with links to short articles

I need to create a website that will just have a link to about 100 short articles that I’ve written (no copyright issues). Basically main page which will have a short description of each article. There will be a link for each article, and a ‘contact’ email. That’s it.

What would be the simplest way to do that? It will have a unique domain name. But I don’t know what would be a simple service to do this. And of course I want to keep the cost down.



Hi Don! Welcome to these forums. :slight_smile:

I don’t know what would be a simple service to do this

It’s actually so simple you really don’t need a service at all (except maybe a web host). It would be quite easy to code this up yourself with HTML and CSS if you are up for it. Do you know any HTML or CSS? How fancy do you want the site to be?

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The previous response is good. That should be enough. There are many alternatives of course.

You could create a simple database locally in your system then generate some HTML from that. It might make maintenance in the future easier. It does not need to be a database; if you already have the data in a JSON, XML, CSV or some other format then you might be able to generate the relevant HTML from that.

You could create a file that you put in the server along with the HTML page. The HTML could be dynamically created when the page is browsed to. You probably do not need that but it depends on whether the dynamic generation is useful. The data could be JSON, XML, CSV or some other format.

There are various places a website like that could be hosted for free, you only need to pay (whatever registrar you want to use) for the domain name. Cloudflare is one.

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I appreciate the responses. However, you’re coming from a place of experienced Web coders. I have not coded for the web. I am looking for something a lot more Wizardish to generate the code and a place to host it.

General questions tend to get general responses.


Ok as I learn more about this, I’ve narrowed down what I’m looking for. Basically a hosting service that has a WYSIWYG design interface. Too many of the Wordpress and other sites have Templates that you need to shoehorn your website needs into their template. I’m looking for a way to do a simple website design without having to write any HTML. Click, insert a header. Click insert a link. Click insert a picture.etc., etc.

Any ideas appreciated.

As noted above, Wix is a good option, as you can start free. They have very sophisticated templates but also some very basic, simple ones, which might suit.

Something critical to understand about sites such as Wix is that they intentionally make it difficult to convert your website from their host to some other host if you need to or want to.

There are many WYSIWYG HTML editors that can be used locally. They existed before CMS systems such as WordPress did. I don’t know what to recommend but it is possible to edit a website locally instead of online.

You are not required to use templates. They do require an investment of time. A CMS such as WordPress can be a productive investment of time.

That is a WYSIWYG editor. Initially HTML was an application of SGML that was and is a standard word processing format. There have always been WYSIWYG editors for HTML. The advantage of a CMS is that if you want to use a plugin then it might be easier to do that using a CMS.

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Why don’t you try WordPress? It’s very easy to use and you can easily create your website with almost no cost.

A Web Page, Step by Step

  1. Step 1: Start with content. As a starting point, we’ll write up raw text content and see what browsers do with it.
  2. Step 2: Give the document structure.
  3. Step 3: Identify text elements.
  4. Step 4: Add an image.
  5. Step 5: Change the page appearance with a style sheet.

The OP hasn’t returned for some while so it seems pointless offering further advice.

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