Having your own website is becoming more and more common in this day and age. I talk a lot about blogs here, but you can apply just about everything I talk about to regular websites as well.
But sometimes we need a site that isn't a blog. Sometimes we don't want to update our sites regularly with posts. One of the great things about using WordPress is that you can easily have your own website, blog or otherwise.
A blog is a dynamic site, meaning, it changes regularly. A website that doesn't change (a "traditional" or "regular" website) is referred to as static. WordPress can do both easily.
When to use a static site
Even if you have a blog, you still might want a static website for:
- An online home for your virtual business. Do you offer services from home but your blog isn't the best place to let people know what you do? From freelance writers to virtual assistants, WordPress is great tool for setting up your business.
- A product site. If you've written an ebook or created some other type of product, a dedicated site for that product is my recommendation (I explain why here). For example, the sales page for my ebook, Tell Your Time is at TellYourTime.com. People can go directly there without having to hunt for it among my blog posts. Also, having its own site means I can add more information on different pages.
- An author site. Maybe you're a writer and would like one place to feature all of your books, speaking engagements, etc.
- An online "hub" or "home." As you spend time online, many people get to know you by your name. For many of us, our real name is not the same as our blog name. As we venture into other projects, some might not even know us by our main blog name. So, if someone googles Amy Lynn Andrews or goes to AmyLynnAndrews.com, they'll go to my hub site which outlines all the projects I've got going.
- An online site for an offline business. Are you a business owner in the real world but you need a website? From hardwood floor installers to house cleaners to lawyers to consultants, this is perfect.
- Your resume. Highlight your forward thinking by making your resume available online.
If you want to set up a static site, follow my instructions here: How to Start a Blog (or Website). Then, make these simple adjustments to make your home page static and instantly turn it into a "regular" site:
Can't see the video? Watch it here.
- Create the page you want to serve as your home page by going to Dashboard –> Pages –> Add New. Publish your page.
- Go to Dashboard –> Settings –> Reading. Select the page you just created from the dropdown menu under "Front page displays" –> A static page –> Front page. Save your changes.
- If you would like to add a blog to your site but still want your home page to not display your latest posts, create a page (again, Dashboard –> Pages –> Add New) entitled "Blog" or something similar. Do not type anything in the post window. Hit Publish.
- Go to Dashboard –> Settings –> Reading. Under "Front page displays" –> A static page –> Posts page, select "Blog" (or whatever you named it). Save your changes.
- You can customize your navbars using the Menus (Dashboard –> Appearance –> Menus).