A long, long time ago (what seems like eons to me, but in the grand scheme of things, really isn’t all that long ago,) Web sites were typically an average of five pages in length. This page length of a Web site dates back to a time when people first started creating Web sites and the entire process was complex. During these days, Web sites were so basic and contained only the essential, or just the bare bones, bits of information. During this time, it wasn’t really possible to have a Web site that was any longer than five pages, and anyone who did was really just exceptional.
Now-a-days, however, just as everything with technology and the World Wide Web has evolved, so has the page length of a Web site. Today, it is not uncommon to find Web sites, even for small business, that contain upwards of 20 or more pages. The truth is, in the climate of today’s World Wide Web, those five page Web sites truly are a thing of the past.
So, why are these five page Web sites so antiquated? Why are Web sites featuring more and more pages? Well, for one, the Web has advanced, making it possible to feature more pages on a Web site. For another, so many business rely on the World Wide Web to operate and as such, they feature all of their goods, descriptions, services and what have you, on their Web sites. You see, Web sites have become the bread and butter of a business and as such, they need to contain any and all information related to a business.
So, why has it gotten so much easier to create these lengthy Web sites that feature so many pages? Well, for one thing, the advent of content management systems has made the process of creating and managing sites that contain more information and more pages, a possibility for everyone. With these content management systems, you can create a Web site that contains literally hundreds of pages (though that may be a bit too lengthy of a site.)
What is the advantage of creating a Web site that features more than five pages? Well, this allows you to feature all of your pertinent information and allows your site visitors to find exactly what it is that they are looking for. You can also constantly update your site without having to remove previously added content to make room for the new content.
So, in summary, those five page sites truly are a thing of the past and are rarely ever seen, unless it is a site owned by someone who is just starting out or has a very limited budget.