I'm trying to set up a website according to this model: http://s7.postimage.org/vxv4w5rih/site.jpg (sorry I can't post the image directly). It's very small (about 10 pages) and static (texts updated once or twice a year), but I have some doubts on how to actually put it together (I'm no pro, just amateur). My questions:
1) Would it make sense to create a static website and just insert a light-weight blog where necessary (retaining the same style)? Or it's better to base the whole site on a CMS (I know installations can be tedious)?
2) If static is ok, would it be a good idea to simply use a HTML table to put together all the images and leave the texts in dedicated cells?
3) Some menu items should display sub-items when hovered. Can you suggest a simple script?
4) Can you suggest a (possibly free and easy) software to help building it?