A COUPLE of weeks ago I wrote about the new Pages option in TypePad that lets users create stand alone pages that looked less like a blog and more like a normal website, see Stand alone pages in TypePad.
In that piece I wrote that it wouldn't take much to create a "normal" site that didn't have a blog's characteristics but still offered useful information, say for a start-up business.
Well take a look at Pansion Stephen, a holiday home in Medjugorje, a site I put together for a client offering stays in Croatia.
If this is something that appeals this is what I did:
The first thing of note is that you don't need TypePad's Pro level membership option to do this, although the Basic option does restrict you to one site you can still have a blog and a Pages site, although you can't map the domain.
Start by getting together a few articles and photographs for your site, then dive into TypePad and start a new weblog, pick one of the standard designs that appeal and instead of starting a new post start a new page.
This is just as simple as starting a post, type in the title of the page, copy and paste the words you have prepared into the Page Body window and load up any pictures you want to place on the page.
TypePad will automatically create a file name based on the title, but you don't need to stick with it if you don't want to.
Then rinse and repeat for however many pages you want on your site, for a quick and simple website around five or six will suffice, but don't forget an About Us page (just a little bug bear of mine).
One of these pages is likely to be your home page and thankfully TypePad makes it easy for you to ensure visitors arriving on your site see this; click on the Configure tab and then Preferences.
At the top of the page you'll see the option to pick one of your pages as the front page of your site, similar to the index page of a regular website, once you have set this then head to the bottom of the page and save your changes.
Naturally you are going to want to feature links to the other pages on your site and again you have a couple of options here.
The first is to use the built-in sidebar module provided by TypePad that lets you order pages by title or time they were created, but you could also set up a Links TypeList and copy and paste the address of each page and this would allow you to easily pick and choose the order of links.
Don't forget to include an email address on your site as Pages don't feature a comment form, and you many want to place a statistics counter in a column to measure site visitors.
Of course there is nothing stopping you having a blog as well and you could easily provide links between the two sites, but for a quick "normal" website this really is a simple option.
As a little aside, you could easily offer a cheap and cheerful website design service for clients using the Pages option with one of the more expensive TypePad account options and you've even got a selection of templates to show off for people to pick from.
Take a look at Pansion Stephen to see what you can do.
Update: A short time after posting this piece I crossed another that highlights how to put together a website using TypePad Pages, see You can build a website in TypePad.