Making a website
How do I turn my blog into a website?
The blog I need help with is amitasuri.wordpress.com.
Define “website.” A blog is a kind of website, so I don’t understand the question.
Do you mean take away the (.wordpress) in your URL? That costs extra.
Setting your first page to something other than your blog posts helps make it look more like a web site…and less than a blog.
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 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 Tags 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.
Creating a static front page on a site simply for aesthetic reasons is not sound thinking and results in some consequences you may not expect so I suggest you read this article > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/
Thank you everyone for the help. @ timethief your suggestions were really helpful. One more question. Does taking away .wordpress from the URL, by paying extra, makes any difference in getting more traffic for the website? How is it beneficial?
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