I have been looking around for options and tools to implement this. My first thought was, since the site is static, only has about 5 pages, (and mostly because I have the time and enthusiasm to do it and keep it updated in more than one language), I'll just do it all by hand! When everything is about ready in English, I'll just duplicate the pages, translate the content, and add a button to switch between the different versions of the same page — manually linking each page. Yes, I actually consider this a viable option. Please don't judge!
Most of the answers, tutorials, and solutions I've found include using a CMS (which I don't think this site needs, and again, I'm trying to keep it as bloat-free as possible. Heck, I've been avoiding jQuery, even though it means writing some functionality from scratch. I like the challenge.)
Or they suggest using PHP or MySQL, which I know the basics of, but definitely would entail a learning curve, and again — keeping it as light as possible.
Or they suggest using the Google Translate API, which...just, no.
So my question is, is this actually doable? Have you done it before? Is it insane? Any tips, for example, on how to keep the same content on different pages related, in the eyes of search engines' robots?
Or, am I delusional, and should I give up and add in some PHP? If so, how would you do it? Any guides, or tutorials, ideas, etc?
I would highly appreciate any help, tips, links, funny judgmental gifs, or anything else in the comments!