How to Use WordPress as a Static Page Web Site & Not a Blog

WordPress is a versatile platform that most think of when you  mention blogging; however, WordPress can actually do more than just run a blog – it can run your entire web site.

The relative ease of use of the WordPress Dashboard allows you, the Administrator, to add new blog posts, upload new themes, plugins and more – all from one interface, but you can also add static web pages to your site as well.

What you may not realize, is that you can have a WordPress driven web site where you do not actually blog at all; you simply have pages –  just like any other static html site, only built in WordPress.

Static Page Examples

  • Here’s one very simple example of such a site – my still in progress Genesis Tribe site.
  • This is one of my web design clients that has beautiful Champion Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, we did their site all in WordPress static pages, without the blogging elements.
  • Here’s another very nicely done squeeze page over at Making Beats Now. Yep, this is WordPress.

The beauty of this is if you have blogged using this platform, then you know how to use WordPress, and how easy it is using it as a content management system (CMS), which simply means an easy way to control your content using the Dashboard interface that doesn’t require you to know html, is what makes WordPress ideal for creating static page web sites.

Okay – so how do you accomplish wonderful feat of static page magic? Read on…

How to Use WordPress Static Web Pages

It’s all in the widgets & the Theme

  • Choose your theme
  • For the sidebar, remove those widgets that pertain to the blogging aspects of WordPress (Recent Posts, Comments, Calendar, Archives, etc..) and only leave the Pages widget
  • Remove any blogging navigation from the header & footer navigation via the header.php and/or footer.php files
  • Remove any coding from the page.php file that calls in comments  as well (if applicable), unless you don’t mind comments on your pages.

That’s really it. By not calling in the blogging elements (that’s fancy talk for the bits of code that turn WordPress into a blog and not just a web site) via the sidebar widgets or onto the pages within the template; WordPress can then be used like any other CMS to build web sites. Pretty cool, huh?!

No need to hire a web designer to get a web site online. I would recommend putting your money instead into perhaps a nice custom WordPress theme, or a premium WordPress theme.

Now, if technical stuff makes you want to pull your hair out, and you feel you need help on how to install WordPress, check out my Beginner to Blogger eCourse. It’s a very detailed step-by-step 4 week eCourse that will get you up and blogging – guaranteed!

 

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