new to wp, can i make a website using wp.com or just blog

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  • #1022064

    lezawang
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    hi all
    wp is great. i made a blog for myself. i can add many pages (as a menu) but i can not delete a page called “blog”. i do not want it in my site because it will look as a blog which i do not want to create. i want to create a website using wp.com.

    by the way, what do you call a website that you can create using wp? can i called website-look-like blog? or i can create real website using wp.com?
    thanks a lot.

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

    #1022171

    duto
    Member
    #1022173

    timethief
    Member

    The answer to your question is “yes”.
    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/

    #1022174

    timethief
    Member

    @duto
    I could not resist responding to this. 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 and most “websites” are moribund.

    #1022179

    duto
    Member

    @tt:
    Yes, you are right. Nevertheless there are some free theme on wordpress.com that displays static pages but not completely static (magazine themes) which is a “combination” of static pages and blogs as you mean.

    #1022194

    auxclass
    Member

    I think you can get rid of the “Blog” title with a custom menu – when I am talking to people I just tell them “this is my web site” I skip the part about using “blog” software – nobody really much cares and in my case people visit looking for the content

    Yes some people look down at a “blog” for various reasons – so just don’t refer to your site as a blog

    #1022259

    lezawang
    Member

    Thanks all for your reply, but i can not get rid of “blog” page? i do not think there is a way to do that! maybe i am doing something wrong

    #1022261

    timethief
    Member

    Pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ are static and are for content that rarely changes. They sit outside of the blog structure and you cannot post to multiple pages in any blog.

    There is only one main page for posts http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/ in a blog and all posts will display on the main blog page. There is no way to exclude posts from the main posts (blog) page. The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page “Welcome” for your site and a “Blog” page for posts.
    Choice 1 static front page
    Choice 2 running page for all posts on front page
    Which do you choose? It’s one or the other.
    If you choose a static front page then you have to create two pages as I said above. After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    #1022262

    timethief
    Member

    If you are referring to the Blog tab on the K2 Lite theme then see here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/the-home-tab/
    Note: Creating a custom menu means you can choose what to include and what to exclude. http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    #1022263

    timethief
    Member

    @duto
    Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of custom menus and have them on my blogs. But my blogs don’t have a static front page as they are traffic killers.

    #1022281

    lezawang
    Member

    sorry ignore my last post, yes i managed to get rid of “blog” page. thanks for all your help. all.

    #1022283

    timethief
    Member

    That’s good news and you’re welcome.

    #1022308

    lezawang
    Member

    yes thanks timethief, your link http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/the-home-tab/
    was so helpful, i did not know that k2-lite “blog” page can not be removed and switching to another theme can fix the issue. thanks a lot.

    #1022373

    timethief
    Member

    Hi there,
    I just located this and you’re most welcome.

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