Note NOTE: This video refers to older versions of WordPress or external websites. While the general principles demonstrated may remain the same, specific details may differ slightly from when this was recorded.

Summary

Configure WordPress as CMS (Content Management System)

Walkthrough

  • Here we're going to show you how to configure WordPress as a content management system
  • This is more appropriate for most sites, such as a business website, rather than as a blog
  • Out of the box, from installation, WordPress is generally set up as a blog, as that's what it originally was.
  • In the blog layout, all the blogs are primary content, with the most recent being top
  • In the blog situation, pages such as About and Contact are secondary pages to the blog posts
  • However in the standard website layout, such as for businesses there's a different arrangement of importance
  • Here we have the standard pages such as About, Services, Contact, as the main pages and a static home page
  • This may of course include a blog, but the blog is one page of many and not paramount on the homepage
  • The blog posts are below the pages in the hierarchy of a standard site
  • So looking at our WordPress home page, out of the box from the installation, you'll notice it has a blog post
  • From the dashboard, go into Pages on the left column, click Add a new Page
  • Click Add New beside the title Pages
  • For example call it Contact in the title bar, and type some sample placeholder text in the text box below
  • Something like "Contact Page Placeholder", so that you can see where it's displayed on the page
  • At the moment we're just concentrating on creating the basic structure of the site, the content will be added later
  • Click the blue Publish button the right of the page
  • Then click to Add another New Page
  • In our example we used Services as the title, and typed "Services Page Placeholder " in the text box
  • Under the title bar, you'll see the Permalink, or address, note that it is related to the title of the page
  • Click the blue Publish button the right of the page
  • So now if you go back to your homepage, and click the refresh button, you should see a change
  • Beside the Home tab, should appear Services, About and Contact
  • Go back and create another new page as before.
  • This time call it Home in the title bar and "Home page Placeholder" in the text box
  • Click the blue Publish button the right of the page
  • If you refresh your homepage, it will add another Home tab, don't worry about this for the moment
  • Create another new page, type Blog in the title bar, and "Blog Page Placeholder"
  • click the blue Publish button the right of the page
  • Now Blog page and Home Page are just setup as standard pages
  • Go to the dashboard, go the the Reading option under Settings on the left sidebar
  • Click the circle beside Static Page. Beside Front Page, use the drop down menu and set to Home
  • For the Posts Page, use the drop down menu to select Blog
  • Then click the blue Save Changes button below
  • Now refresh your homepage, notice the Home tab is not duplicated, and displays "home page placeholder"
  • If we click on the tab to view the Blog, it shows the blog post there
  • So now we have a standard home page
  • All subsequent pages laid out with the blog just being one of them instead of the main thing on the homepage

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