Make WordPress look like a website, not a blog
How to bend WordPress to look like a full blow website instead of a boring blog
Make wordpress less like a blog
The first step you can take to make WordPress look like a website instead of a blog is to simply do the following.
- Login to your wordpress administration area
- Click on "Appearance" on the left then >> "themes"
- Click on the "install themes" tab on the top
- Search for a new theme that is ideal for your site or niche, this will at least get you out of using the boring default theme loaded by wordpress.
Add a default homepage instead of posts
Create a static page
Next we want to add a default page so that it doesn't just list the posts right on the home page, this will go a long way in making it look more like a website and less like a blog.
1) Go to Pages -> Add New. Name the page ‘Welcome’ and Publish it.
2) Go to Pages -> Add New, name this page ‘site’ and Publish it.
3) Now go to Settings -> Reading in your WordPress Admin panel.
4) Change the “Front page displays:” settings to be the "welcome" page. This will tell wordpress to use your newly created welcome page for the home page.
Add more pages within the navigation
Another tip I would give you is to add more pages within the actual main navigation of your wordpress site. Don't just add one or two pages with a category/article link, and leave it at that.
Steps for setting up some additional pages.
- Login to your wordpress administration panel
- click on "pages' on the left navigation
- Click "add new" under pages, this should then bring up the page dialog.
- For the page title, add something like "about us"
- Add the content and publish the page
You should now have more than just the default "home" and category/article link pages.
Find a real theme that supports widgets etc
The next step is short, and really up to you and your creativity. I recommend heading over to any of the following theme sites and getting a paid theme. They cost next to nothing (some $10), and really give your website the professional look and feel it will need, as well as saving you thousands over hiring a web designer.
Some theme sites that I like:
Please be careful when selecting a theme for your site, don't just grab the first free theme you find. Many free themes have spam and malware embedded in them, I recommend against the free themes, just spend a few bucks and be safe.