When one of my clients asked me to develop a website for their restaurant, I quickly turned to WordPress because not only the blogging platform is comfortable to work with, but flexible as well. After using WordPress for a while, soon you’ll realize you don’t spend your precious time punching the keyboard all the time.
Everything seems to work with just few clicking of your mouse as the CMS and dashboard is very user-friendly.
Everyone knows that WordPress is a free blogging platform, but if you’ve been using it for a while, you’ll also notice that there’s more to it that meets the eye. But no matter how user-friendly the web publishing tool is, that really don’t mean that you sit back and relax and let all of the pieces fit in the puzzle out of the blue for you.
One of those requirements I received from one of my client was to design a non-Blog site.
With few tweaks, you’ll definitely transit a blogging platform into a non-Blog like website entity and I’ll show you exactly how to do it in 5 easy and best steps for you.
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1. Find a non-Blog Theme
To create a non-Blog website, you don’t want to use a theme designed for blog. Well, this is the obvious thing to do, yet a very important step as WordPress has hundreds of blog themes that are designed for blogging as well as non-blogging purposes.
There are several magazine-like WordPress themes out there that fit perfectly for a small business website or for just non-conventional blogs. For example, there are wide varieties of themes that are designed to work effectively with static home page, and sometimes these WordPress themes are designed to work equally well without any posts at all.
So if you’ve found a theme that looks similar to what you’re trying to build, then you’re in a good position to give it a head start. Even though it might be a perfect theme, but if it’s even slightly closer to what seems to be a ‘jumping’ point for you, then you’ll make a lot of progress rather quickly than wait for one to appear.
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2. For now, Just Forget about the Distinction between the Posts/Pages
The difference between pages and posts will be apparent when you figure out how the theme treats them. Posts are generally placed inside categories and pages could be a child of another.
If you’re running a blog that requires both posts and pages, you might want to consider which one will display as static content – about, contact us, profile – and which one will display as the news feeds or blog items for your site.
But the truth is that both posts and pages are pages and both could be used to build static content for your site. WordPress theme does it for you. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot use them as you’d like. CopyByte, for example, has its individual areas as actual separate categories, each containing a single post.
So if I had to add a new post in the category, it would throw off the previous page. Since we’re not adding any content to these categories, these posts remain as they’re a static pages fixed on the front page as if they were pages instead of posts. The actual pages are at the top, including the about, contact, and so on.
And this mechanisms almost serves its purpose, although this wasn’t the exactly why pages and posts were meant to be used.
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3. Tweak Permalinks
Make your site web links – posts and pages – SEO-friendly, especially if you’re using WordPress to power up your non-Blog site. By default, WordPress post and pages URLs end with php file extension followed by the random post or page unique ID. But search engines don’t understand this numbers, and as a result they don’t know what’s inside the page itself. This will certainly not help to index your site properly on search engines and increase the ranking of pages no matter how information-rich your content might be.
Navigate to Settings>Permalinks on your WordPress dashboard and choose the custom permalinks radio button to make your URL structure something like this.
This URL of your website will include your domain name followed by the post title.
You still need to visit your individual pages and posts to further prune down the URL. Simply look below the post or page tile on the edit page form, and click on ‘change’ or something and convert the URL slug to whatever you wish. For example, you could change ‘about-us’ to ‘about’ and so on.
This make the site’s URL professional as well as easy to remember.
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4. Make Use of Widgets
Widgets are extremely powerful WordPress tool for both design and development, but recently I’ve found that they’re equally useful while creating a non-Blog site.
There’s a reason for that!
Widgets easily let you create custom navigation. For example, to build a customized list of links, for services and pages perhaps, things might get a little bit confusing especially if you’ve a mixed content using pages and posts. However, with widgets, you can get around this obstacle easily within few minutes.
You can ‘widgetize’ your theme any way you like. You don’t always have to have widgets cramming at the sidebar, but they could also be in other sections of the website, including headers, footers, featured section among others.
Using widgets, you’ll avoid forcing yourself to mess around with codes, and probably screw up in the process as you can easily move small things around the site as you require them.
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5. Use Category Feeds
Sometimes you’ll require displaying little blog-like content on your site, news section for example. RSS feed seems like the obvious way to go, but they’ll only populate non-blog related content. The only way around this impasse is to use category feeds.
Add the following code into your feed URL. Replace the hash, # with actual category ID for news sections.
Insert ‘cat=#&’ after ‘?’ in your Feed URL and replace the hash with category ID for news.
After that, the new URL will only generate content for that one feed. In addition, you can also provide the URL to FeedBurner.
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Conclusion: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Non-Blog WordPress Site
WordPress aren’t used only for blogging purposes. Many people are still using WordPress but to create a non-Blog type websites instead as the CMS system lets them create a professional-looking customized site for their business without any hassle – knowledge of programming, complicated code tweaking, and all.
Well there you have it, 5 easy steps to create a non-blog WordPress site for yourself or for your client who requires it.
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