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  1. I'd like to create a website rather than a blog, with the home page static and "blog" as one of the categories. is this possible with any, all, or only some themes? Thanks!

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

  2. thesacredpath
    Staff

    It is possible with all but a couple of photo specific themes.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

  3. Any theme with a horizontal navigation bar can be used to create a website, rather than a conventional blog structure.
    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 there 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 with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or custom links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus

    Also note that if you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page for your site, and also create a “blog” page for your posts to display on, but that’s optional.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

  4. SO helpful, many thanks to both of you!

  5. You're most welcome from me. :)

  6. Timethief, would I be right in thinking that there is no place titled: These are the themes with horizontal navigation bars rather than a conventional blog structure.

    -L

  7. thesacredpath
    Staff

    The location of the navigation has nothing to do with it really, it is just that typically traditional websites have horizontal top navigation, but that is not a hard and fast rule. I've done many traditional websites with vertical navigation (sidebar). It just depends on the design and what works best for a particular site.

  8. Actually I was thinking that same thing about remembering seeing vertical nav bars. Anyhow, I Googled WordPress websites and found a lot of sites. I just now viewed a YouTube video (excellent video) on how to make a WordPress website.

    Thank you to Timethief and Sacred Path.

    -L

  9. You're welcome. :)

  10. I understand the difference between Pages and Posts. If I make a website using a WORDPRESS theme, then the first page will be the permanent, static page. I would like that to be a picture with a few words on it.

    How do I get the entire first page be static and just a picture?

    Or will there always have to be a sidebar or footer?

    L

  11. Some themes have an option to make pages full width, and then they won't show the sidebar. (I'm not sure about the footer, though.) As I don't know what theme you're using, I can't say if yours offers the full width option. However, the place to look is on your dashboard - 'add new page' then in 'page attributes' module you should see 'Template' and a drop down menu. If a full-width template is available for your theme, you should be able to choose it from there.

  12. I was about to ask the same thing. Thank you all.

    I want to change my blog in olalaboutique.com to a website. I already set up a static home page. Can I get rid of the "Leave a reply" option in it?

  13. thesacredpath
    Staff

    Go to settings > discussion and disable trackbacks and comments there.

    Pages and posts that have already been published will have to have the comments and trackbacks turned off separately, but you can use the post bulk edit and page bulk edit features to do that for multiple pages or posts at one time.

  14. Dear absurdoldbird, you mentioned themes that offer a full width page. In fact, I am not yet working with any theme/template. I am in the stage of looking for a template that can do what I want in making my website.

    I have an iWeb website in my MobilMe gallery, but soon Apple will no longer host it, so I have to figure out ways to get the content into another platform. I don't know whether to use something like RapidWeaver and then find a place that will host the website etc etc... and it seems to me that WordPress would be a lot easier on me financially if I can get a look that I like from the templates available.

    Anyhow, I did what you said. I began to experiment for themes with Dawn to Dusk. I went to Dashboard > Add New page > Page Attributes > and chose a full-width template. (It is offered in Dawn to Dusk!)

    Then I uploaded a picture, and have a page that looks like a post with my picture.

    What I want is a picture on the whole front page with a few tabs/links to go to the various pages of the website.

    Is this possible? So far I have what looks like a blog with a post. 8-(

    -L

  15. thesacredpath
    Staff

    You cannot do a full image on the front of a wordpress.com site. You could find a theme that does not have a background for the content area and then have the image as a background image, BUT that means that image will also be the background for all other pages on your site.

  16. I believe this website was made in WordPress. Can you tell?

    http://www.courierdoce.com/

    If it is, how can I put an animation like the one they have in the post section?

    Do you know the name of it?

    Or, even if it doesn´t move, can I set a picture in that space with links to other pages? I dont know if this is what lornakismet just asked.

  17. My blog is olalaboutique.com

  18. For example, in my blog, can I link each of the three colors to different pages?

  19. Olaboutique, hi

    That page looks a lot like one of the WordPress templates, yes, but that Courier type is probably from the HTML kit that one buys to personalize and tweak the original.

    What I want to do is recreate my Apple website, created in iWeb, to the WordPress platform. The problem is that I am not able to see how to make a static home page that LOOKS like my website home page: One picture with a bunch of pictures, each linking to an Index page.

    At the Index page, I have a bunch of small thumbnail photos, each one linking to a Page. Some of those pages link to still other sub pages.

    But Wow, WordPress does not so far have the ability for me to just put a picture on the home page. 8-(

    -L

  20. Olalaboutique that home page is nice, clean, but zippy with the colors. But......

    I clicked onto Zapatos pero there were no photos of zapatos.
    Then I clicked onto Ropa y carámba there were no photos of clothes.

    I got a note saying that there was nothing there.

    -L

  21. Olalaboutique, you wrote this:

    For example, in my blog, can I link each of the three colors to different pages?

    And this is exactly what I am wanting to do with my website home page, yes. I want to have pictures that are hot links to other pages just like you do.

    I want my WordPress home page to LOOK like a website, not like a blog.

    I have until next year to figure out how to get my existing iWeb website out of the Apple Mobile Me gallery into some other platform. I want to convert that look to a WordPress template and have the advantage of the good SEO here.

    -L

  22. Making an image link to more than one URL is called image mapping. You can do it here:
    http://www.isdntek.com/tagbot/imap.htm
    But first you need to create an image in the exact dimensions required. For example, the version of the image on olalaboutique's front page is 770px wide, but the uploaded original is 1000px wide (automatically downsized by WP to fit the theme). That image won't do: you must first downsize it yourself in an image editing application.

  23. Thanks, panaghiotisadam. I already resize and map the image, now, where do I paste the code?

  24. In the page editor, after you switch it to HTML and delete the previous content.

  25. I am told that my iWeb website WILL be accepted by GoDaddy as it is, and I can go on using my iWeb app for as long as I wish, but in fact, it is also said that iWeb has bad code and is not great with search engines. The thing is, I don't care about high viewership for that personal blog. I have just been keeping it to refer friends to. On the other hand, I don't like the reputation that iWeb has and that it has stopped being included in the Apple software.

    To cover my bases, I downloaded a software program that seems a lot like iWeb. I viewed their video and it looked familiar, just like iWeb, but more features, so there would be a tiny learning curve for me.

    So far with WordPress I have not found a website that does not look like a blog. When I say "doesn't look like a blog" I mean "doesn't have a side bar or a comments section on the home page." My personal website has a greeting page which is a picture. On it there is an array of pix, any of which lead to the Index. At the Index I have thumbails, each of which leads to a different section. Lots of slideshows, videos, and pix.

    I like the idea of putting my website as is on GoDaddy, but I dislike the idea that it has bad code and that the application for making it is now obsolete, never to improve, never to be fixed.

    -L

  26. I am told that my iWeb website WILL be accepted by GoDaddy as it is, and I can go on using my iWeb app for as long as I wish, but in fact, it is also said that iWeb has bad code and is not great with search engines.

    As you are moving an iWeb website into a WordPress.org install I'm not clear on why you would not be asking for support here. There is no WordPress.com support issue or question about WordPress.com blogs here at all.

    Have your registered a username account at WordPress.org yet? Ipo right hand corner > http://wordpress.org/support/
    WordPress.org Free Themes Directory

  27. Edit: "Have you registered a username account at WordPress.org yet? Top right hand corner"

  28. HI. I have not decided what I will do and I want to find out about all of my options.

    Option 1, which is already clear: Take my existing iWeb website to GoDaddy.

    Option 2, which is to re-do my iWeb website using a WordPress template using Pages and making the Home Page look like a website, meaning NO sidebars and NO comments at the bottom.

    Option 3, remake my iWeb website with a totally different application like Sandvox and use whatever 3 part web server that is good. Would WordPress take a Sandvox made website? Or does WordPress only accept websites and blogs that are made with WordPress templates? (I would assume the latter rather than the former for the obvious and understandable reasons.)

    So that is why I am asking in this forum. My questions in this forum are pertaining only to my Option 2 above.

    Timethief, Re: your last question about registering a username account at WordPress.org. Is that required? Excuse these beginner questions, but I have never ever used anything except WordPress.com and Blogger.com.

    -Lorna

  29. Correction: That should be "3rd party web server," not 3 part web server.

    Sorry!

    -L

  30. A good thing: I finally figured out how to get just one huge picture onto my Home Page. Now the task is two-fold:

    1. Get rid of that blue "Nothing Found" box

    2. Get rid of the "Blog at WordPress.com" banner which is seen below the light blue "Nothing Found" window.

    After and if I can get those two things done, then I think I might try to construct my iWeb site with a WordPress template and stick with WordPress or wherever is a good place to host a website. I have no idea what this is all about since I have never before paid for my website being hosted.

    I want to place small pictures representing the themes in my website. I want viewers to be able to click a picture and be taken to the page that has all the pages in that category.

    I would probably have about ten pictures, maybe more.

    I hope this is all possible because I am so used to the WordPress process and I have been reading that WordPress is a good host for websites. It has a good reputation in the YouTube tutorial videos.

    -L

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