How to use WordPress as a website?

by Dev Duff on January 26, 2010

Wordpress website tutorial

One among the most asked questions about WordPress, the blogging software is that how to use WordPress as a website? We all know, when it comes to blogging, WordPress is the best blogging software which is extremely easy to configure and customize. However, the question is can we use WordPress as a website? Can we customize WordPress to work as a complete website and content management system? The answer is “yes”! You will be amazed to know that you can use WordPress blogging software as a complete website with just 5 minutes of tweaking.

To begin with, all you need is a fresh installation of WordPress blog. You can use any theme of your choice, I recommend using the popular Studiopress themes because they are highly customized and give the look of a website. But feel free to use any theme of your choice, any theme can be used to give the look of a website.

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Once you are ready to convert your WordPress blog into a website, go to the theme editor: Appearance > Editor
Then go to the header.php file to edit this file.

All you need to do is tweak this piece of code:

<?php wp_list_pages('sort_column=menu_order&hierarchical=0&title_li='); ?>

The above code may be a little different depending upon the theme you selected. It may be simply:

<?php wp_list_pages(); ?>

Those in between (sort column, menu order, etc.) are just different parameters to display “pages” with style in the top menu bar at front end of your website.

The trick here is to display only those pages that you wish to display in the menu bar. So if we simply change the code to display selected pages in the menu, any other page you create will not show up in the menu bar.

For eg.,
You wish to create a WordPress website that has 5 main pages that should be displayed in the top menu bar:
Home, Products, Services, About us, Contact us.

And then you wish to create hundreds more pages but do not wish to display all of those pages in the top menu bar.

So, instead of using the wp_list_pages() function, you can assign “manually” the pages that you wish to display in the top menu bar, like this:

<li><a href="http://www.devduff.com/">Home</a></li>
<li><a href="/products/">Products</a></li>
<li><a href="/services/">Services</a></li>
<li><a href="/about-us/">About us</a></li>
<li><a href="/contact-us/">Contact us</a></li>

That’s all! Now feel free to create thousands of pages and customize as per your need, create silo design, link them where ever you like to. Also, you can create a separate page for blogging and display it in the menu. You can have a static front page. Change the settings to show a different page instead of showing your latest blog posts as the home page.

Also, you can do the same thing with Categories. Instead of using the wp_list_categories() function, using the above method, you can display your WordPress website categories the way you want. You can perhaps, change the order of categories, display most important categories or display fewer categories, according to your choice.

WordPress offers tremendous flexibility to make your web presence. And it is free. What more do we need to get going with a gorgeous looking WordPress website in minutes? If you enjoyed reading this article and found it useful, please share your joy by leaving a comment below or share it with your friends. Your comment love will encourage me to share more useful WordPress tutorials with you.

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Peter

Hi there,
Thanks for this post. Excellent work! This has saved me hours -if not days – of tweaking experimentation.
Thanks, Peter.

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Ali Gilani

Wow, great piece of information…It is definitely very helpful for everyone. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

Cheers :-)

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Bright Ideas

Exactly what I was looking for. Using this method we can create hundreds of pages. I’m working on my blog and hopefully I will be able to apply your Wordpress Tutorials.
Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

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Kathy

Just started to set up Wordpress as a website. I am stuck because I have heard, and can’t seem to be sure in their support info, that we are not allowed to sell products on Wordpress. If that is so, then why use it as a website? I have some product I am a distributor for, some information products, and affiliate links.

Does anyone know the answer to this. Can we sell products on wordpress?

Thanks

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Dev Duff

Hi Kathy, I understand your concern. However, Wordpress blogging software is released under GNU General Public License. As per Wordpress.org website: http://wordpress.org/about/gpl/
I don’t see any information that you cannot use Wordpress for selling products. However, If you find any information in this concern, I would appreciate if you can keep the community updated by leaving a followup comment.
Regards,
Dev.

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Richard

Sell whatever you wish to sell using Wordpress software, no obligations. As far as you leave the “Powered by Wordpress” link intact, you won’t run into any problems.

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Vickie

Hi Dev! Hoping you can help me with the Amazing Grace theme. I want to delete the “Home” page-tab yet I cannot locate it when clicking on “all pages” – it just doesn’t show up. Is there any location where I can delete this. I want to use another page as a staic front page and a couple of other pages which I have added. Just need to delete this “home” page. Thanks for your help! Love your site here!!

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Dev Duff

Hi Vickie,

You need to remove the HOME link from your theme’s Header.php file. If you can’t find it there, then you should check the MENUS. I’ve checked the Amazing Grace theme and it uses Wordpress Menus. Remove the HOME link from Main menu. Check this location in the Admin:

Appearance > Menus

You should find the HOME link there. Hope this helps. If you need further help, feel free to ask for it here.

Dev.

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