Step 1: Create your PAGE framework


All websites should have a core group of pages that make up the framework of your site. In Wordpress, these are referred to as "Pages" and should not be confused with "Posts". We will get to the differences between pages and posts are a bit later in this short tutorial.

When you are first setting up your Wordpress website it's helpful to get right into creating a few pages so that you have the initial structure of the site ready to go.

Follow these steps:

By clicking on the "Pages" menu on the left of your Wordpress administration page, select "Add New".

With your wordpress installation there will most likely already be a "Home" page created, but if not you can create it along with the following pages.

  • Home
  • Blog
  • About Me
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
At this point you do not need to worry about the content for these pages as you are only focusing on setting up your website structure for now.

After creating the above pages your admin area will look like this:



Make sure that you "publish" your pages so they are "live" when you visit your website. It is OK to have your site visible to readers while you work on it. Also, in the next step you will learn how to setup your static home page and you need to have your "home" and "blog" pages published in order for this to work.

Next we will discuss setting up your website homepage to use a "Static Page".



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vtraweek Premium
How do I make a website w WP? Let me rephrase, I have a site I dont want to have a blog on. I am using the Godaddy website builder currently which is user friendly. But I cant even find a way to make this a website with WP. I just see blog features. I could actually get away with a blank theme and I create the site with my info and pics. I keep getting answers in the Live Chat that its WP you can do what you want. But I am a newbie when it comes to this. I dont know where to go to let me make my own website with no blog. Can you help me or point me to someone who can.

Thanks, Vincent
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LynnPomeroy Premium
I ran into the same problem that you're having and I have found that there is a short book that I got on my Kindle called WordPress 2 go. It is short, succinct and to the point. I guess I thought when I went to the 2600 available samples that it was going to give me something that was somewhere near ready to go and what I found out is that WordPress gives you the tools to design your website page but there is quite a bit to it and this guide is instructional and does a good job of explaining it.
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virgo Premium
Thanks Carson, I'm so excited!!!
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Carson Premium
I'm glad that you are excited! Internet marketing and online business is one of those thigngs that is very rewarding and fun :)
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anand Premium
thanks carson nice and short tutorial
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Carson Premium
If anyone has any questions about their wordpress website please do not hesitate to ask! I'll be more than happy to help out.
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pisces314 Premium
Is there a tutorial that can walk me through installing wordpress on the site?
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nooris Premium
Thanks Carson for this tutorial, appreciate it. Can you tell me which WP express theme allows you to have a static "home page" (which is not a blogroll as well)? I used twenty eleven and the home page (which I cant remove) is also in a blog format.....help pls.
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Carson Premium
I have yet to come across a theme that didn't allow for a Static homepage, it's something that is build directly into Wordpress. Perhaps you could send me a private message with your website details so that I can log into your wordpress admin area and have a peek. You certainly should be able to choose a static homepage and not have your blog roll there by default. Visit my Space and click "Private Message".
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nooris Premium
Maybe I didnt explain it correctly. Ok in any case will PM in due course..thanks!
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ronamo Premium
This was a great tutorial especially step 2 General Site Settings (Static Homepage). I would recommend all who are staring out read this. It has helped me so much.
Thank You
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Carson Premium
I'm glad the tutorial helped you, this is one of the most confusing parts of getting your website setup. Once know how to do this, it only takes a few minutes to get your website setup correctly each time you build one!
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