A static website can be created by means of the Corporate Web Content Management System (CWCMS) or by using one of the recommended classical HTML editors Microsoft Webexpression (old Frontpage) or Dreamweaver.
The Corporate Web Content Management System (CWCMS) should be the first choice because it is compliant with our long term strategy to create the content in XML format, allowing easy reuse of the same information in multiple formats and different presentations and because it automates the multilingual management. If you still use a classical HTML editor, it is important to take advantage of the structural features of the tools, like Frontpage includes or Dreamweaver libraries in order to allow reuse of information.
When creating a site, use must be made of available templates in order to respect the corporate identity of Commission sites. The templates can of course be adapted within the limits of the rules described in the template page. In the CWCMS, the standard templates are integrated in the central XSL's and constitute thus the default presentation of any site created with this tool.
There are two kinds of static HTML templates:
- Interinstitutional template - the EUROPA template is used for a website within the http://europa.eu domain name (EUROPA site).
- Commission template - the European Commission template is used for the website within the http://ec.europa.eu domain name (European Commission website).
In the CWCMS, content is published to static HTML pages by means of the XSL transformation process. The end product is first put on the EUROPA staging server and eventually promoted to the production server. If needed (f.e. to ensure multilingual coherence), the system will regenerate pages automatically.
In the classical HTML editing environment, pages are first created on your local equipment and can be uploaded to the staging server when they are ready for testing. Publishing the pages to the production server can be done by means of an internal tool called “Staging manager”.