Where to find simple, clean, and stylish website templates?
December 11, 2013 9:41 AM   Subscribe

I need to make two simple one-page static websites to host on my existing webhost.

These are basically glorified display ads (one for a local fitness group and another for a seamstress who works out of her house). They each have their own unique domain name. Wordpress seems like overkill, can anyone suggest another simple "plug and play" type solution for these sites? I definitely need something with templates because my HTML/CSS skills peaked in the early aughts.
posted by entropicamericana to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Open Source Web Design might be useful?
posted by anadem at 10:01 AM on December 11, 2013

posted by Lokheed at 10:06 AM on December 11, 2013

Themeforst HTML templates. One page templates, specifically.

(There are also one page WordPress templates, and I don't consider that overkill.)

Note that if your skills peaked a while ago, you may not be aware that "responsive" is what you want in whatever template you choose so that sites are optimised for desktop, tablet and phone -- much more traffic than you'd expect comes from mobile devices, upwards of 20% for every site I have stats access for.
posted by DarlingBri at 10:10 AM on December 11, 2013

Oh, I forgot to mention, they should be free.
posted by entropicamericana at 10:33 AM on December 11, 2013

About.me with a URL forward seems like a good solution for this kind of thing. Free, lots of customization, mobile-ready, etc.

I encourage you to search for examples of existing pages (I think you have to be registered to search). As you will see, the key to a stunning about.me page is an eye-catching background. You can find these via google image search or buy one at istock.com.
posted by rada at 11:13 AM on December 11, 2013

Here is an example page for a fitness studio.
posted by rada at 11:19 AM on December 11, 2013

About.me was perfect for what I needed to do, thanks!
posted by entropicamericana at 2:47 PM on December 16, 2013

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