WordPress is a website building system that is ideal for non technical website owners to build and run their own website or blog.
Although it started as a blogging platform,and is used mainly as a blog, it is also being used more and more for building standard websites.
Getting Started – Blog or Website?
For anyone starting their first website the difference between a blog and a website can be very confusing, and they are unsure which one they need.
Simply put a bog is a special type of website.
A blog is a website with the information presented in chronological order (by date)
Whether you choose to build a blog or a standard Website or Both generally depends on what information you will be presenting and how it will be presented.
If the information you want to present fits into a diary/newspaper format then a blog is an ideal choice, if it doesn’t then usually you use a standard website format.
The configuration is done post install by simply changing how WordPress presents the home page, and it can be changed at any time.
By default WordPress installs as a blog.
Here is a screen shot showing how the front page is configured when working as blog:
To use WordPress as a standard website and blog then this is how the front page is configured.
Posts and Pages
When using WordPress as a blog new content is usually created as posts.
When using WordPress as a standard website new content is usually created as pages. Even on blogs pages are used for static content like contact details, about us, privacy policies etc
Building Your Site
You don’t need any expensive web editing software like Dreamweaver.
All you need is a domain name and a web host that supports WordPress (almost all do) .
Here is a complete blueprint for building and setting up your own WordPress website