How to Install WordPress

Configuring WordPress for CMS

WordPress is primarily a blogging platform.  However, many folks like to use a WordPress installation as a content management system (CMS) for a site that is not a blog.  The easy WP admin is one of the primary reasons.  Also, WordPress sites have excellent search engine optimization (SEO), making it more likely they will appear higher in search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Setting your default WordPress frontpage to one of the pages requires a single admin page.

Click on “Settings”.  In the “Settings” section click on the link for “Reading”.  This will bring up the page you see below.


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To change your WordPress install from a blog style site to a static page site, click the radio button next to “A static page (select below)”.  From the dropbox menu, then select the particular page you wish to appear as the front page of your website.

Click “Save Changes” and you’re done.

Or maybe not . . .

Advanced users that are comfortable with handling PHP code may want to dig into the “pages.php” part of their template.  This allows you to customize the appearances of your pages.

Why do this?

Well, WordPress is far more a blogging platform than a CMS.  So, even with the site only displaying static pages, a lot of templates tend to still look rather blog-y.  It’s not a bad idea to dig in and the time display and remove that code on your pages.  This will give your site more of a normal, static appearance.

Less advanced users are discouraged from doing this.  If you fall in this category of user and wish to proceed, please make sure you have a good back-up copy of all your site and template code in case you screw something up irreparably.

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