Project Files – Using WordPress to Build a Traditional Web SiteBy
WordPress is an extremely powerful platform for blogging, but it is also a great Content Management System (CMS) and recently I used it to design and develop a more traditional, static site for a local furniture company. They didn’t need all the bells and whistles WordPress has to offer, and the platform used was not important to them. What the client did want was a quick-loading, simple web site that would do well in the search engines. As a web designer, I knew that from a budget standpoint, I could develop a site that would meet all their needs quickly and for a very affordable price by using WordPress as the backbone for the site.
How It Was Done
- I started with Brian Gardner’s Downtown Java WordPress theme as a base.
- Next came the color scheme and some graphical elements.
- Most of the typical WordPress blogging features were removed from the template as they are not needed.
- I hard coded the gallery sub navigation into the sidebar.
- Each of the content pages was created using the Pages feature – this will make it super easy to update over time.
- I used the WordPress static page feature (dashboard Options, then Reading) to control which page would be the home page.
Overall, it was a fairly quick project and both the client and I are very happy with it. If you have used WordPress to develop a site that is something other than a blog, I would love to see it!