using wordpress as website instead of blog

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  • #743152

    5700words
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    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

    #743153

    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.

    #743154

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

    #743158

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

    #743159

    5700words
    Member

    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

    #743160

    timethief
    Member

    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

    #743161

    timethief
    Member

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

    #743162

    5700words
    Member

    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

    #743163

    5700words
    Member

    Correction: That should be “3rd party web server,” not 3 part web server.

    Sorry!

    -L

    #743164

    5700words
    Member

    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

    #743166

    5700words
    Member

    I just now was reading reviews of website makers and one person mentioned the WordPress website makers. What? So I decided to click onto WordPress.ORG and in one flash I see a website which looks just fine to me!

    So I am going back to check out more webste templates (rather than blog templates) and see if I might just stick with a WordPress website and WordPress web hosting.

    On the other hand, I have researched and sieved out an easy and good web making program called SandVox.

    So it seems that my options are opening up.

    -L

    #743174

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

    is it possible with twenty eleven?

    #743175

    it is possible with the default template, but not with the showcase one, right?

    is there a way to use the full width in the static home page?

    #743176

    … and keep the posts in another page?

    #743182

    airodyssey
    Member

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