Making a website with Wordpress...

by Dayne Dylan 19 replies
Warriors,

Besides using Wordpress, how do you make a quick website? I know Wordpress is blog software, but I know many use it to create websites. I guess my question is how do you create a "main" front page for the site that you can modify or adjust as needed, with the ability to have topic pages, etc. just like a normal site would have?

Do you ONLY use Wordpress or do you combine it with another program?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    I think you could set a static page to be your front page and use your sidebars to hold your navigation links. Depending on your theme, this might be a little difficult but shouldn't be too bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    You can set your static page under 'settings>reading' in the admin menu. You don't need to integrate WordPress with anything else to make a static site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
    Nice, thanks astracadia! I'm assuming you can do this on all templates or themes? Sorry, as you can tell, I'm a Wordpress newbie (I know, better late then never, right?)
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    • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
      Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

      Nice, thanks astracadia! I'm assuming you can do this on all templates or themes? Sorry, as you can tell, I'm a Wordpress newbie (I know, better late then never, right?)
      As far as I know, yes. I've not encountered one where you can't (and I use WordPress for pretty much everything), but maybe I just lead a sheltered life

      Don't forget to turn off comments too if you're going for the really static look.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    Also I forgot to say that you can set your posts to appear under a second page in that 'settings/reading' thingy, so that you can have an integrated blog on your site as well as a static front page if you like. Best of both worlds
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      • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
        Originally Posted by Chris_King View Post

        Dude, quit spamming the forum with off-topic comments that use horrible grammer. I see these are your only two comments on WF. I wonder why you picked this thread...

        Goto the classified ads!
        Responding to trolls eats your time. Time is money. Troll food can get expensive This particular troll is however, slightly on topic as it demonstrates beautifully just why you might want to leave WordPress comments turned off if your intention is to build a static site rather than a blog or community.

        Troll food to choke on
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Monty
    You might also want to head over to GaryConn.com. He offers a pretty reasonable Wordpress "Blog Starter Kit".

    Very well done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
    Hmm...GaryConn.com is not working for me.

    EDIT: I found it, it's Garry with two r's. Anyway, his "free" starter kit is ONLY if you sign up with a hosting plan. Tricky. Then he makes a hefty commission on that. No thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Monty
      Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

      Hmm...GaryConn.com is not working for me.

      EDIT: I found it, it's Garry with two r's. Anyway, his "free" starter kit is ONLY if you sign up with a hosting plan. Tricky. Then he makes a hefty commission on that. No thanks.
      Well, I knew that. I just figured, even if you don't do the hosting package, the price isn't bad.

      That being said, I'm pretty good with Wordpress. It's all that I use. If you get stuck or need a hand, just PM me.
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    • Profile picture of the author pearsonbrown
      Astracadia's sites looked awesome.

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      • Profile picture of the author Blase
        Here is how I do it.

        1.Go into admin
        2.write a new page (This will be your Home Page)
        3.name it
        4.make sure you check no tags and disable comments and pings
        5.then publish it.


        6.Write another page and
        7.name it blog
        8.disable comments pings and tags
        9. publish it

        10.Go to settings
        11.Go to reading
        12.Go to front page display
        13.chose the name of your "Home" page for your front page
        14.chose blog for your posts page
        15.save your settings

        Take a look to see that it's correct.
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      • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
        Originally Posted by pearsonbrown View Post

        Astracadia's sites looked awesome.

        Pearson
        What a nice thing to say (and not at all grumpy!). Thank you

        Edited to agree with Blase, who took the trouble to write out the procedure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gregg
    Along with setting a static front page or a "sticky" post (if you want one post at the top and other new content below it), you can also utilize the "menus" tab under "appearance" to build your "topics" how ever you'd like. These topic pages could then be displayed in the sidebars as a widget. Wordpress is extremely flexible.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    In addition to what they have suggested, I highly recommend you use the premium wordpress theme called the Headway theme.

    You can really create amazing good looking websites and it is just so flexible.

    It works very well for me.

    Thanks,
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  • Profile picture of the author amarketing
    I've actually been wondering this same exact thing.

    What's funny is this is about the third thing I've wondered about and then found a thread on exactly that.

    Thanks to Blaise for spelling things out step by step.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert M Gouge
    Wordpress is no longer just a blogging platform in my opinion. With all the themes, features, and plugins available, you can really do anything you want with it. Including making static mini sites and things like that.

    If you can think it, you can build it with wordpress. It's really become the new web standard.
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  • Profile picture of the author ginak59
    The Wordpress Codex offers a good beginner tutorial . Because it has such a big user base, there's tons of tutorials for every level. This is the codex link:
    WordPress Lessons « WordPress Codex

    Instant Shift has a huge resource list:
    135+ Ultimate Round-Up of Wordpress Tutorials | Tutorials | instantShift
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    • Profile picture of the author NOSLEEPATALL
      Hmmm, some interesting thoughts on Wordpress here as I am just starting to play with it. Like the static page plan of attack with blog behind it.
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