Since its birth on May 27, 2003, WordPress has grown from a mere blogging tool into one of the most powerful content management system the open source world has ever come across. Upon installation, WordPress will come optimized for blogging, something that you can easily change if you want to use the CMS to create a professional looking website. Moreover, the tweaks give you a CMS that has the powers to blog meaning that you can create both a website and a blog or a website with the dynamics of a blog.
To open up WordPress’ CMS power, you need to be logged in as the admin.
At your administrator’s dashboard, select the Pages option and go to the Add New option. An interface that allows you to enter the details of your new webpage (title and content) will come up. Fill this with what you have in head. After this, you should head over to the Page Attributes box on right hand column , select a template for your new page and then publish it using the publish button located at the bottom right hand side. That is all there is to publishing a page.
You will probably need to create other pages on the site. If you are operating a business site, for example, then you will need to set up pages for “Services” and “Contact Us,” among others.
Some of the advantages of WordPress include:
Ability to fully customize how your webpage looks like.
It is also possible to create templates for your pages you will find information how to create templates in codex here. Once you have created template, click on edit page, on Pages Page On “Page Attribute,” on the right, you can choose either plain “template” or “one column, no sidebar.” or any custom template you created. Then click on “Update.”
Ideally, the published page is more than enough to represent you on the www. Nevertheless, to use wordpress as website there is the need to go an extra mile and add more functionality to your page. For instance, you can disable comments on the pages you created by toggling the Allow Comments untick box and you can make your page static. To make the page static, you will have to Click on Settings, which is on the left of the dashboard, click on Reading then select Static Page for your front-page display. This will prompt you to select the page you want to make static, which in this case is the one you just created.
If you wish to create a custom menu, then go to “Menus” under “Appearance” (left). Again, a list of all your pages should be there; you can choose any or all of them and add them to the menu. Go to “Primary Navigation” (it should say “top menu,” though you can make others) and save. To change the order of items, simply drag and drop them; and you can create sub- pages by dragging them to the right and indenting them.
The video below will walk you through how to use wordpress for your business website and not use WordPress as blog. I have used Twenty Ten theme as example.
The procedure is same for any wordpress theme as long as it supports custom menu
How to add pages to custom menu and arrange pages in custom menu so that you can have drop down sub pages with an ease.
So many add-ons and plug-ins to accomplish the wildest of your ideas
Further customization of your webpage is possible since the WordPress community is alive and ever uploading new themes and plug-ins to help users actualize their design ideas. Examples of the additional features you can put onto the website include opinion polls, contact forms, purchase carts, cool applets among many other features by yourself- without the need of a professional developer.
Do your SEO from within the CMS
With the success of a webpage based on how well it ranks on search engines, many people spend fortunes, both in time and money, to achieve the search engine reputation they desire. With WordPress, you can do your SEO without having to switch applications. With the few basic capabilities it comes with on installation and others that can be unlocked with slight tweaks and use of plug-ins like WordPress Seo By Yoast , you will be set to not only create your website but also market it to the whole world.
The active WordPress community will always have your back
The number of developers working to make WordPress better is overwhelming. Consequently, the numbers of solutions available to any given problem are many and diverse. This diversification of ideas makes this platform one of the best blogging and CMS solutions you can ever lay hands on. Getting help about something that you do not go is as hard as logging in into one of the many WordPress forums and posting your questions. Sometimes, it might be an idea to the development of a new functionality- that makes you a pioneer!
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