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Website Design

Website design comes in many shapes and sizes. If you are landing on this page you may be a complete newbie or you may be someone that knows everything there is to know about websites. We are going to be painting this page with a broad stroke of information so that we can reach both crowds and everywhere in between.

Website Design Types Explained

There are 3 main options when deciding to scope, design, and develop a new website.


  1. The Static HTML Website – This is a website that does not connect to a database and for the main part (minus some local scripting connecting third party systems) is non dynamic. This means that it is pretty much informational. It may have a form to fill out or some videos from a third party website embedded like Youtube or Vimeo, but for the most part it is a flat, informational, non thinking/dynamic type of site.
  2. The Open Source CMS Website – CMS stands for content management system. This means that with this type of site there is an interface you can login to and then you can edit, add, or delete content without having to necessarily know HTML.  OPen source means that it is free to use and change as you wish. Some of the more popular CMS options out there that are open source include: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and more.
  3. The Proprietary CMS Website These are similar to an open source CMS except that the code is not free to use or to brand as your own. With a proprietary CMS you are using someone else’s code base to manage your site that you pay licensing for. Some of these will be monthly or annually based, while others may just charge a one time fee.
Pros & Cons Of Each Website Type
Design Type Pros Cons
Static HTML
  • Good for smaller sites that don't need to be edited regularly
  • Easier to micromanage SEO settings
  • Usually cheaper and faster to develop
  • Less chance of hacking from vulnerable code
  • No real dynamic interaction with visitors
  • Harder to update if done in mass
  • Have to install separate scripts for every interactive part of website
  • Harder to scale and add new elements when needed
Open Source CMS
  • Free to setup
  • Open source code to edit and brand as you wish
  • Easy to make mass updates
  • Easy to install new plugins for new features on the fly
  • Huge open source communities for support
  • Open to hacker attacks due to open source code
  • Often too many options that you will never use
  • Learning curve to understand each systems capabilities
  • A lot of plugins and components made by sub par developers
Proprietary CMS
  • Less likely to get hacked as code is closed source
  • Often more stable than open source
  • Specialized support options specifically for your site
  • Often expensive with recurring licensing and support fees
  • Less plugins and components due to smaller pool of developers
  • Stuck with one provider even if you find out you don't like their support
  • Longer development times due to less flexible systems

How Much Will My Website Cost?


It’s time to cut to the chase and get it to where the rubber meets the road. The big question most folks are looking for is “How much will it cost me to get my new website up and running?”.  This will really depend on the type of website, how much you are wanting to input your own content vs how much you want us to , size of your website, and how intricate the layouts of each section will be with info, graphics, stylized text, graphs, and any other elements.


Small business websites generally price between $500 and $2500 to scope, design, & setup; while larger more intricate projects can price much higher. Fill out the form to the right and we will put together a comprehensive quote for your project!

What Type Of Website Do I Need?


The type of website that will fit your needs best will depend on a lot of different variables. If you want to be able to edit your website without the need of HTML knowledge or special software then an open source CMS like WordPress or Joomla might be the perfect fit for you. If you only have a few pages that will never get updated but a few times a year and the site is more informational based without a lot of visitor interaction, then a plain HTML 5 website should fit your needs nicely.


One of the advantages to using Commercial Webmaster is that we will not try to oversell you. Our goal is to hear what you need, discuss the options with you, and get you into the perfect fit for your needs. In some cases that might be a WordPress website, in another a Drupal interactive web portal, while in another a simple HTML website is perfect. Fill out the form to the right and our team will setup a comprehensive quote that will fit your needs like a glove.

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