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    Is there any good guides, tuts for converting a non-blog website into a wordpress theme?

    I have looked for an hour and could not find anything decent.
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    Are you just looking to have it be static pages that you can edit using Wordpress? In reading options, you can set the main page to be any page, and then just leave blog page blank. That, or just make a site of static pages...
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    Quote Originally Posted by peezybro, post: 240204
    Is there any good guides, tuts for converting a non-blog website into a wordpress theme?

    I have looked for an hour and could not find anything decent.
    Do you mean converting an HTML/CSS site to a WP site?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaMare, post: 240212
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    Do you mean converting an HTML/CSS site to a WP site?
    Yeah, I wanna create a non-blog template in html/css and then convert it to wordpress but without the blog functions. Without the categories/archive side bars etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peezybro, post: 240233
    Yeah, I wanna create a non-blog template in html/css and then convert it to wordpress but without the blog functions. Without the categories/archive side bars etc.
    You'll just make page templates like you would for any other site. Then, in Reading options, set the main page to one of your pages, and leave the blog page option blank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe, post: 240235
    You'll just make page templates like you would for any other site. Then, in Reading options, set the main page to one of your pages, and leave the blog page option blank.
    Thanks, so how would you edit the content on the pages? just use it as posts? that's the real part I'm confused at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe, post: 240235
    You'll just make page templates like you would for any other site.
    You have to make the templates as part of a theme or child theme, to be uploaded to the wp-content/themes folder of the WordPress installation. In order to be able to edit the pages in WP, the templates have to be written in PHP, they can't be straight HTML.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe, post: 240235
    Then, in Reading options, set the main page to one of your pages, and leave the blog page option blank.
    Even if you do this, the sidebar will generally appear unless you specify it not to. That option is sometimes available in the choice of templates for the theme being used, otherwise you need to edit it out in the PHP code of the main template page.
    Quote Originally Posted by peezybro, post: 240237
    Thanks, so how would you edit the content on the pages? just use it as posts? that's the real part I'm confused at.
    Your best bet is to find a theme you like that offers the option of fullwidth pages, and install it in your WordPress installation. Then you can make your pages as pages rather than posts. Make one blank page (no content, just a title) named whatever you like. Then you can do as Ron suggests - in Settings > Reading Options, specify your homepage as a static page and your empty page as your blog page. Once that's done, you can change the look of the site by creating custom CSS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaMare, post: 240239
    You have to make the templates as part of a theme or child theme, to be uploaded to the wp-content/themes folder of the WordPress installation. In order to be able to edit the pages in WP, the templates have to be written in PHP, they can't be straight HTML.
    Even if you do this, the sidebar will generally appear unless you specify it not to. That option is sometimes available in the choice of templates for the theme being used, otherwise you need to edit it out in the PHP code of the main template page.

    Your best bet is to find a theme you like that offers the option of fullwidth pages, and install it in your WordPress installation. Then you can make your pages as pages rather than posts. Make one blank page (no content, just a title) named whatever you like. Then you can do as Ron suggests - in Settings > Reading Options, specify your homepage as a static page and your empty page as your blog page. Once that's done, you can change the look of the site by creating custom CSS.
    Thanks, i will play around with that a bit more. What is a good non blog cms that is easy to build with and simple for clients. I heard modx and cms made simple were good but dont have all the add ons like wordpress does
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    I prefer to hand-code sites, but that means I hvae to do the updates, changes, maintenance. Not all my clients want that.
    I use WP for all of my non-ecommerce sites where the client wants control of updates and changing content, and while some of them do include a blog, many do not, but use WP as a CMS for the site..
    I'm not very familiar with any other platforms, sorry.
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