How to add blogging functionality to a static website
October 27, 2010 11:58 AM   Subscribe

What is the easiest way to add blogging capability to a static website?

A friend asked me to do this for him. He has a website for his Chiropractic business. He would like to be able to quickly post updates to a part of his website.

Free and straight forward would be preferred, but he seems open to paid solutions if they are clearly better and require less maintenance.
posted by devilshgrin to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Hire someone to build wordpress into it.
posted by royalsong at 12:07 PM on October 27, 2010 [2 favorites]

To give a good answer we need more information.

Does your friend actually want a blog or just to change information on his website regularly?

HTML and technical proficiency?


What is his current website hosting arrangement and what kind of upload access does he have?
posted by srboisvert at 12:08 PM on October 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

blosxom is super easy and elegant: to add a post, you just put a text file in your blosxom folder. You can also use whatever html and css he already has with the template.
posted by wayland at 12:12 PM on October 27, 2010

You might check out Cubescripts' $50 "instant update" software package. I've heard good things about it.

Another idea: Try Webvanta. They'll even take you all the way from PSD file to website. You do have to host with them, but it's not a bad deal.
posted by circular at 12:25 PM on October 27, 2010

Wordpress. Either move his entire site into Wordpress, or drop Wordpress into a /blog directory and add a link from the home page,
posted by COD at 12:25 PM on October 27, 2010

Does he want a full-blown blog, or just the ability to add news?

If the former - well, I've deployed several Wordpress blogs and I'd recommend it. Just do what COD suggests.

If it's just news, then something like Perch (self-hosted) or SurrealCMS (hosted by them) might suffice.

If he really doesn't mind have the blog off-site, then he could register something like and just link to it. Almost zero set-up.
posted by Magnakai at 12:53 PM on October 27, 2010

Oh, how cute. It looks like Perch has a blogging add-on.
posted by Magnakai at 12:55 PM on October 27, 2010

> What is his current website hosting arrangement and what kind of upload access does he have?

We definitely need to know this before we can proceed.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 1:14 PM on October 27, 2010

How about a Tumblr account? You could write the blog on there, and then just insert it into a page on your site using their javascript embed widget, like so:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

You can style it with css, etc.
posted by backwards guitar at 1:42 PM on October 27, 2010

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