Sunday, May 6, 2012


HOW TO USE WORDPRESS TO CREATE A WEBSITE RATHER THAN A BLOG. Published December 12, 2010 | By Govindji Patel inShare WordPress may have originally been designed as a blogging tool when it first came out less than ten years ago— even now, when you first install it, it is set up for blogging purposes— but its function has been vastly expanded within that time period, and now it can be used to create websites as well. Here is how it is done. First, log into the admin panel (i. e., with the URL plus “/wp-admin”) and log in with your user name and password. Your dashboard, media, links, and other items should appear on the screen. Then go to where it says “Pages” on the left- hand column, and click on “Add New.” Enter a title for the webpage, and type in your content in the text box beneath. Select a template from Page Attributes box. Scroll down untick allow comments if you do not want them on the page and finally, click on the box on the right- hand side that says “Publish.” You will probably need to create other pages on the site. If you are operating a business site, for example, then you will need to set up pages for “Services” and “Contact Us,” among others. To make the homepage a static one (meaning that it does not vary with customer responses, which applies to dynamic webpages), click on “Reading” (under “Settings,” on the left) and select “Static Page” from the front page display. When you click on “Front page,” it should pull down a list of all the pages that you have created; select the one you want to make static. Then from “Full text” and “Summary,” choose the former and click “Save.” Once all this is done, click on “View Site .” You should see the pages exactly as you created them. It is also possible to create templates for your pages you will find information how to create templates in codex here. Once you have created template, click on edit page.on Pages Page On “Page Attribute,” on the right, you can choose either plain “template” or “one column, no sidebar.” or any custom template you created.Then click on “Update.” If you wish to create a custom menu, then go to “Menus” under “Appearance” (left). Again, a list of all your pages should be there; you can choose any or all of them and add them to the menu. Go to “Primary Navigation” (it should say “top menu,” though you can make others) and save. To change the order of items, simply drag and drop them; and you can create sub- pages by dragging them to the right and indenting them. This video will walk you through how to use wordpress for your business website and not use WordPress as blog.I have used twenty ten theme as example. The procedure is same for any wordpress theme as long as it supports custom menu How to add pages to custom menu and arrange pages in custom menu so that you can have drop down sub pages with an ease. You can see a example of a business site created using wordpress

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  1. I love that you have included a how to do this, how to use wordpress. Honesty I had never worked with wordpress prior to this class so when we got around to using it this past few weeks I was lost. But like all other things one just has to mess around with it, get a feel of what it is in order to know what it offers and learn how to use it.