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How do I build a basic website using Wordpress as a CMS?

Applies to: Grid System

This FAQ assumes that you have already installed Wordpress.

By default, Wordpress is installed as a weblog or, blog software.  This is great if you have a website that is primarily used to publish articles or an online diary for example, as the content is displayed in chronological order.  If you prefer to have a more "static" website where much of the content remains the same (i.e., an "About Us" page, for example) then you can "tweak" your Wordpress installation to work more like a website CMS (Content Management System)

Here are the steps for getting a very basic website up and running using Wordpress.

  1. Log into your Wordpress admin area (which is typically located at http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin).
  2. Click the "Discussion" link located under the "Settings" category located in the sidebar on the left.
  3. Un-check all of the boxes on this page, then click "Save Changes".
  4. Click the "Widgets" link located under the "Appearance" category located in the sidebar on the left.
  5. On the right side of the page, click on the down arrow that appears next to "Recent Posts", then click "Delete".  Repeat this step for "Recent Comments", "Archives", "Categories" and "Meta".  
  6. Create and publish some pages for your site, (i.e., Welcome, About Us, Our Widgets, etc.,) You can create a page by clicking the "Add New" link, located in the sidebar on the left beneath the "Pages" category.
  7. Click the "Settings" category, located in the sidebar on the left, then click the link "Reading".
  8. Next to the setting "Front page displays", select the option "A static page". Choose from the dropdown box, the page you would like displayed as the 'Front page' or 'Home page' of your website.

Congratulations!  You have just built a basic website using Wordpress!  The following link provides more great information about using Wordpress as a CMS:

http://codex.wordpress.org/User:Lastnode/Wordpress_CMS


Last update: 2010-10-03 13:16
Author: Heather Masterson
Revision: 1.3

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