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  • USING WORDPRESS TO BUILD CORPORATE WEBSITES
    DEC 11, 2010
    AL DAVIS
    aldavis.org
  • What are we going to cover today?
    Why WordPress?
    Who is using WordPress for corporate sites?
    Beyond the blog- taking WordPress to the next level
    How to create a static home page
    Questions
  • So the question is……..
    As a Web Designer, why should I start using WordPress for my sites?
  • Ok, so lots of people use WordPress……why else should I use it?
    Easy to install ( the famous 5 minute install)
    SEO Friendly
    LOTS of plugins to make development easier
    Minimal learning curve
    And….
    It’s Free
  • So who is using WordPress as something other than a blog site?
  • Network Solutions
  • Andyroddick.com
  • University of Virginia
  • Spotify.com
  • Timberline.com
  • Vancouverconventioncentre.com
  • When most people think about WordPress and a blog this is what they envision
  • So how do you go from…..?
  • Typical WordPress page hierarchy
    Home page of Aggregated posts
    /About
    /post 1
    /contact
    /post 2
    /People
    /post 3
  • “New” WordPress page hierarchy
    Home page
    /About
    /contact
    /Blog
    /People
    /blog/post 1
    /blog/post2
    /blog/post 3
  • Setting a static home page in WordPress
  • How to create a page in WordPress
    Make sure this is unchecked
  • Step 1. – Set home page to be a static page
    Make sure you have these
    pages created prior to
    trying to set this up
  • Step 2. Add code to home page
    Grabs header.php
    Makes your home page
    a re-usable template
    Good old HTML/CSS Code
    Grabs footer.php
  • Step 3. Add your CSS to the style.css file (or whatever the file is named)
  • And Voila! You have a non blog looking home page on WordPress!
  • Additional resources
    On the web
    • Wordpress.org
    • SmashingMagazine.com
    • WPBeginner.com
    Groups
    Toronto Wordpress Meetup Group
    Book Deals
    OreillyDiscount code DSUG
    Apress
    Discount code APRESSUG
  • Questions
    Aldavis.org
    @adavis3105
    aldavis@aldavis.org