using wordpress as website instead of blog

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  • #742904

    cocobusan
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    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.

    #743042

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

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

    #743043

    timethief
    Member

    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/

    #743086

    cocobusan
    Member

    SO helpful, many thanks to both of you!

    #743087

    timethief
    Member

    You’re most welcome from me. :)

    #743124

    5700words
    Member

    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

    #743125

    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.

    #743126

    5700words
    Member

    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

    #743128

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome. :)

    #743140

    5700words
    Member

    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

    #743141

    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.

    #743142

    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?

    #743143

    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.

    #743144

    5700words
    Member

    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

    #743145

    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.

    #743147

    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.

    #743148

    My blog is olalaboutique.com

    #743149

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

    #743150

    5700words
    Member

    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

    #743151

    5700words
    Member

    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

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