Wordpress - how do YOU make it look like a site and not a blog?

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I'm soon going to start a new niche site via Wordpress, and unlike one of my other sites that looks very much like a blog still, I want to use the flexibility and versatility of Wordpress to make it look like a professional site. I'd really appreciate it if some of you Wordpress experts could share some tips, advice and links whether they be for plugins, themes or anything else helpful to me and others reading
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  • Profile picture of the author dawei888
    I understand what you're going after here. First of all use pages and not posts. Then, in the Widgits section just include your pages. I use the flexi-pages plugin. That will get rid of all the other blog-like junk that comes up in the sidebar.
  • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
    Originally Posted by dawei888 View Post

    I understand what you're going after here. First of all use pages and not posts. Then, in the Widgits section just include your pages. I use the flexi-pages plugin. That will get rid of all the other blog-like junk that comes up in the sidebar.
    Thanks I was under the impression that search engines mainly cache the front/homepage and therefore having posts rather than pages is better for SEO. I think I actually read this here, is it true?
  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    I think one of the issues I've read is that the wordpress rss feed puts in posts and not pages. There may be however a plug-in that will do this (not sure). I've heard that is why posts may be better for seo than pages so you can take advantage of the rss exposure.

    Debbie
  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Originally Posted by Crubalo View Post

    I'm soon going to start a new niche site via Wordpress, and unlike one of my other sites that looks very much like a blog still, I want to use the flexibility and versatility of Wordpress to make it look like a professional site. I'd really appreciate it if some of you Wordpress experts could share some tips, advice and links whether they be for plugins, themes or anything else helpful to me and others reading
    Wow this is my favorite!
    I mean to use Wordpress for Niche sites instead of just blogs.

    Well you have to do many small tweaks to make it look like Pro site:

    1. First of all you may focus only Pages, and no posts...
    this way you can control what aprears at what page.

    So if you have 10 pages site, about page, contact page, products, services...
    everything will be just at its on page...

    2. Create a page and set it as Static homepage, from wordpress admin panel,
    this way you will have nicely crafted homepage, it can be your salesletter...

    3. Also remove any stuff in sidebar, and just keep Pages and Recent Pages widgets.

    > Also change their titles from "Pages" to "Site Menu" (or something like that!)
    also change title of "Recent Pages" to "Recently Updated" (or something like that!)

    4. You also need to get a theme which compliment your Niche site style and
    just do not make it look like a blog.

    To make a general theme not look like a blog...you can do this:

    a. Remove all dates, and written by stuff from the home.php, single.php,
    archive.php and category.php pages of theme

    b. You may also remove Comments Form section

    c. You may also remove code related to Post Meta stuff, where it says, this
    post was posted when and filed in what category and so on...


    In short you by tweaking your theme, you can remove all blog related stuff,
    and make it look like a Site....

    let me know if you have any specific question in this regard, I will try to answer that..

    Regards,
    Mohsin
  • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
    Wow, thanks for all the useful info Mohsin, much appreciated
  • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
    Originally Posted by ptlhost View Post

    I use wordpress a lot for static sites and it works well. Here is one simplyslim.me

    i used plugins all the way such as statpress, form to email etc. i remove all the widgets and make my own menu. create the page and then make the menu graphics clickable with the page link. Remember to change the setting for permalinks to show as it is better for seo. Dont forget to change the permalink tag if you change the page name as wp dont update the permalink

    sorry still have to put in a metatag plugin on this site so will get on to it.

    To show your home page set the reading to show the page you want and call it home. That way you can set any page to home page quickly Remove the title of the page and it wont show.

    to customise you themes is also easy
    It's a different niche, but the look and navigation of your site is pretty much exactly the kind of thing I'm going for - thanks
  • Profile picture of the author Preben Frenning
    1. Change the permalink title to "custom" and write: %postname%

    2. Use pages, like everyone else have said.
    3. Find a good theme. - I purchased a professional theme for my business site, and it really looks like a static site, but it has a blog as well. You can see it at Gratisweb.No (It's in Norwegian, and not a self-promo:p)

    The theme is called "Wp remix" and costs $75.

    4. The plugin to include your pages in the rss feed is called "RSS Includes Pages"

    I hope that helps
    - Preben
  • Profile picture of the author Darek
    When you use pages they don't automatically appear in the RSS feed.

    Use this plugin to have your pages appear in the RSS feed:

    RSS Includes Pages
  • Profile picture of the author tandren544
    I use Atahualpa. It's without a doubt the most customizable WordPress theme out there - and it's not that difficult to get a pro-blog or professional site look with it if you know some basic CSS and HTML.

    Check it out!
  • Profile picture of the author Keith Kogane
    Lots of good advice here, and I do this all the time. I use a dateless theme and a static magazine style front page.

    One cool thing you can do with a static site built on Wordpress though is take advantage of the RSS and pinging capabilities. Once you're set up with a dateless theme and have set your permalinks to not have dates, use a plugin called "Old Post Promoter" and you can have what appears to be a static site actually have a very dynamic RSS feed, so that your site seems to have constantly updated content for RSS aggregators to grab.

    You could even go nuts and make your excerpts have randomizing elements with something like Random Stray Quotes plugin, so that it would actually appear to be a different little snippet each time.

    Damn, I should actually try that out on a few sites. I bet it would work killer.

    Anyway, hope that helps.
  • Profile picture of the author khughey
    I've only recently been turned onto WP for non blog sites, but I'm loving the flexibility now.

    I also have used a product designed to help build custom WP Themes. It's called Artisteer.com . Two sites I've built using this are Snellville Dentist | Gwinnett County GA Dentist 30078| Oak Road Dentistry and Georgia Trackers Alliance . Now I decided to have a blog as part of a non blog site....so I've included a navigation tab just for the blogging portion. This of course is optional and I could have simply not included any blogging "type" capability. It's good for dynamic content and SEO considerations.

    I've been real happy with that product. But, you don't need to buy a tool like this to accomplish the goal. Free WP templates abound, and I also use the Atahualpa WP Theme, but only as a blog.

    There are plugins that also allow you to not show pages in the navigation, so for example, you may have a thank you page after opting in and you don't want people to navigate directly there. The options continue to expand....

    You would be surprised at just how many sites are powered by WP, but you would have no idea. Sometimes for fun, I'll add the wp-admin to the url just to see. Surprise....

    Cheers,
    Ken
  • Profile picture of the author InternetMarketingIQ
    #1 Tip: Take the time to find a Template that is designed to be used as a CMS.
  • Profile picture of the author Melody
    you can actually leave your side bar widgets in and still use a graphical background for the side by using the graphic as the background, and html links over it. That way you still have the ability to use the additional functions that widgets can provide.

    The optin box on the top right uses this technique but you can make it as long as you want to accommodate a full menu:
    http://clickhereforgrantsforwomen.com/

    WP is so flexible - you can do almost anything with it! just keep an untouched copy of your theme files - that way anytime you screw up the code - you just upload the 'clean' file and start over:-)

    Very important when you are working with a premium theme!

    melody
  • Profile picture of the author BeauFla
    Originally Posted by InternetMarketingIQ View Post

    #1 Tip: Take the time to find a Template that is designed to be used as a CMS.

    If what you are after is to use WP as a CMS then this is definitely the best advice. Using WP as a CMS has really started to take traction.

    You really have to use the right theme though. Otherwise you will be doing a lot of config changes and if you are not very familiar with PHP, HTNL and CSS then you are going to cause yourself more problems than it may be worth. There is a revolution theme that is perfect. I think it is Revolution Pro. and maybe one other. Been a long time.
  • Profile picture of the author mentor4u
    I have gotten hooked on Thesis
    I know it cost money but you can customize it
    so it will look and act like a html document

    so you get the best of both worlds.
    and with all the widgets and seo gets ranked nice by google

    so i spend the money but the rewards and flexibility are worth it.

    Don
  • Profile picture of the author pbennett
    ugh. Thesis is soooo expensive. I use Athaulpa. My site looks a lot more like a website than a blog.
  • Profile picture of the author drewjones
    go get a theme and redesign it.

    Add pages not posts.

    get a plugins to help with seo structure.

    write write write.
  • Profile picture of the author Marian
    I customize almost all the themes I use. Recently Thesis, Flexibility and UBD. You can do wonders with the themes and you'll find lots of stuff on youtube as well.

    If you're in a learning mode - just search the warrior forum - there are lots of cool ideas :-) What I can tell you that with WordPress almost anything is possible. ;-)

    Marian
  • Profile picture of the author BeauFla
    Flexibility is a cool theme. I have the flexsqueeze version. If all you want to do is use the config setting in the admin panel you are good to go. But, this theme is NOT for a newbee, if you are going to tinker under the hood.

    Don't get me wrong, if you are making simple changes as the show in their videos, you are good to go. But, if you want to change CSS, recode some of the HTML, change some of the php a nd retain the original config options you really need to know what you are doing.
  • Profile picture of the author dowork
    Here is one of my sites thats i just redesigned in wordpress.

    ontherailtv(.com)

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