Making WordPress more like a CMS

Making WordPress more like a CMS (and less like a blog)

  1. Install WordPress on your server
  2. Add a theme
  3. Set permalinks
  4. Use more pages and less posts. (Turn off comments)
  5. Add plugins
  6. Edit the CSS
  7. Edit the templates (php)
  8. Add social media icons
  9. Use widgets
  10. Customization

1. Installation on your own server


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2. Add a theme

Finding the right theme for your project is critical. Here are some resources:

The folder for the theme should be uploaded or “installed” to wp-content > themes

3. Set permalinks

Settings > Permalinks > Custom structure

This will give the page names the name of your post.

4. Use more pages and less posts. (Turn off comments)

In settings you can also go to Reading > front page displays and set this to a static page rather than a post.

5. Add plugins

Plugins can greatly improve the functionality of WordPress and are one of the primary reasons to use WordPress. Here are some to start with:

  • Maintenance Mode
  • Google Analytics for WordPress
  • Akismet
  • All in One SEO Pack
  • YouTuber
  • iframe
  • Galleria WP
  • Easy Contact
  • Sociable
  • Database backup (choose from several)

6. Edit the CSS

Appearance > Editor > style.css

Backup the original version of your style.css, just in case!

7. Edit the templates (php)

Appearance > Editor > see the right hand side for the list of templates. Some things you may need to handcode such as footer copyright information.

8. Add social media icons and/or feeds

Check out the plugins and widgets for adding social media to your site.

9. Use widgets

  • Search
  • Pages
  • Links
  • Categories
  • Special Text
  • Certain themes have special widgets or widgets for footers and sidebars

10. Customization

The more you use WordPress and build sites in it, the better you will get at customizing the website.

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