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How do I get started on building a web - not a blog

  1. I want build a website not a blog. And I want to build it before I publish it. I keep looking for website design and it says it has the title websites but seems to go back to talking about blogs. What am I doing wrong. So far this service seems very difficult to follow and unintuitive
    Blog url: http://testbusinesssite.wordpress.com/

  2. WP.com is blog software. Blogs are a type of website. Why don't you tell us what you need to make and we'll tell you how.

  3. Thank you for responding to my question. OK. Here is exactly what I am looking to do. I have build a 12 page website in Intuit. The Intuit program is very good but it has some limitation. I was told that WordPress is very good and can probably handle the things I am looking for. I was also told that your program is more friendly to search engines.

    So I want to build a complete website. At this time I do not want any particular URL. I just want to work with the program and see how easy it is to build a website and how versatile it is. If I can build my website the way I want, I will then get a domain and publish the site.

    So far in trying to get started I keep getting directed to designing a blog. So how do I get set up for a full website or what am I missing?

    I hope that is clear enough but let me know if you need more info.

  4. There's a strange notion out there that websites and blogs are not both websites. Most "websites" are one way noticeboards that are infrequently updated, do not allow commenting and compel visitors to click through the same static front page blah, blah, blah every time they visit. Most blogs are lively because they feature frequent publication of fresh content on the front page and most "websites" are moribund.

    See > Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    A WordPress blog can either be structured as a page based website or its conventional post based structure can be retained. That’s why understanding the differences between posts and pages, http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your WordPress.com blog. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

    In fact a blog is a website. Or if you want the bald faced truth then I won't hesitate to say that the average website found online today is a lame blog with static front page that sucks when it comes to SEO. A blog does something a website doesn’t do. A blog allows you to personally reach and interact with far more people than you can reach by any other means. Don't kill your traffic by creating a static front page.
    Scroll down and read 5 Blog and Website Differences > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2009/05/02/business-blog-website-or-both/

  5. Thanks for the response. I will check out the links you sent me. But in response to your comments about blogs, I know the importance of a blog and have a blog on my site. But I am putting up a site for my consulting business so I have to build an entire website with information about our services. That will take about 12 pages one of which will be a very active blog page.

    So I'm just looking for a easy step by step way to do this not a lecture about blogging. I have to go one step at a time. So again thanks for the info and I check out your links to see if it gives me what I am looking for.

  6. I think you may prefer to hire a web host and set up a WordPress.org install. The reason I say that is because we cannot edit templates or themes on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.

    One one hand, none of the characteristic "blog" features likes categories, tags, authors, dates, etc. can be removed from a free hosted WordPress.com blog without purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade and doing the required CSS editing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/

    One that other hand, one can hack a WordPress.org theme free of charge. Have you read this comparison? WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences

  7. Yes. OK. I see what you are saying. That would answer why I was confused. I will do what you suggest. Thank you very much for clearing that up for me.

  8. I'm glad I was able to help you with this. You're welcome and best wishes whatever you decide to do.

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