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Static Marketing Site

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Most venues host their marketing web site at their ISP.

Under some circumstances, you may wish to host your marketing site internally in addition to the ticketing web site. Such circumstances might be when you:

  • have lots of internet bandwidth
  • are able to write and maintain your marketing web pages yourself
  • can manage all traffic related issues and provide hardware as needed for yours sales cycles
  • want different kinds of integration between the main web site and the ticketing site
  • want your marketing web site under the same TLS certificate as your ticketing web site
  • you do not need some additional server processes (like a database and a content management tool like WordPress or Drupal) to deliver the web pages
  • you have a domain that you can point to the server such as:
It isn't for the faint of heart, because you are taking on a significant IT function.

Or, if you wish, this feature could be used for something other than your marketing site -- to handle volunteer pages, local static calendaring info, help pages for your patrons on how to use your web site or what have you. Remember, anything placed on the static web site is publicly visible.


What are Static Web Pages for the Marketing Web Site

A static HTML web page is one that does not require server processes to build the page. If you can see a fully functioning page when you place the HTML file on a browser, then it is static. However, if you need a server process like PHP (by choice by the way), a database lie postgres, or some server process to be installed to deliver the web pages, then the page is not static (and this feature should not be used)


Enabling a Static Web Site

On the primary (front facing) NGINX machine that has a Director on it, you would need to:

  • Go to the Configure tab of the director
  • Click the checkbox Enable Static Website
  • Scroll down for the parameters for the static website per the picture below
  • Type in the directory on the main NGINX machine where you wish to store your static web pages


What changes when you do this?

Since you are now hosting two web sites with the single NGINX server the landing path changes.


Enabling the static web site means there are two, to the bias shifts to the static site. i.e.:


What tools to use to make Static web sites

There are a number of tools that let you make static web sites. We do not have any favourites and do not recommend one over the other (not do we provide any support if you play with them). Some popular ones at the current time are: