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newbie - getting started - simple site needed

  1. I had heard that one could use WordPress to build a website but it seems no matter what themes I look at and/or settings I change, pages still look like blogs with links to archives, comments, etc. And I don't see any editing tools for adding textual content such as tables, text boxes, etc.

    I'm probably missing something, so any help with getting started building a website, not a blog, would be appreciated even if just letting me know that I'm misinformed :-)

    Thanks in advance!
    Terry

    The blog I need help with is dumpster001.wordpress.com.

  2. A blog is a website. The main difference between a blog and website is the communication style. A website has a noticeboard communication style. A blog is a website designed for interactive communication. Collectively blogs create the blogosphere, while websites are like standalone islands.

    Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    What’s critical is:
    (1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
    (2) a clear comprehension of the fact that here is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.

    We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages and custom links in your custom menu as well.

    These are the how-to instructions:
    How to create a custom menu. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

  3. I also recommend a tutorial prepared by Staff > http://learn.wordpress.com/

  4. Thank you timethief for the quick reply. After reading the material you supplied via the associated links, I can see that WordPress isn't going to satisfy my need for having a simple set of web pages with an associated blog as I've seen some promoting could be done (yes I realize a blog _is_ a website :-)

    Just thought I'd give it a shot. Great blogging tool; not so much for a website (yes I realize a blog _is_ a website :-)

    Thank You!
    Terry

  5. You're welcome and best wishes.

  6. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    Yes you can have "a simple set of web pages with an associated blog".

    First you need to set a static page as your front, as you've already done.

    Next you should know that the default sidebar items you can see in each theme aren't permanent - see here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/the-no-widgets-paradox/

    Or you can select a theme with no sidebar, or a theme in which you can hide the sidebar in general, or a theme in which static pages can have no sidebar - see here (under "No widget areas" and "Bottom or header only"):
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/sidebars-and-other-widget-areas/

  7. Thank you for the follow up panaghiotisadam (what a mouthful :-)
    That's very helpful to know and I'll do some further testing using the additional insights.
    Thank You!
    Terry

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