I am new to all this and wonder if anyone can point me in the right direction please?
I am used to building simple sites using Microsoft Expression Web (and use code view a lot) so I have an understanding of HTML and CSS but trying to get my head around WordPress is a little different.
I would like to build a site with WordPress that looks more like a 'normal' site as opposed to a blog - but with the functionality that WordPress offers.
I have found a site I really like because it is really simple and clear but am a little confused as to how I would customise a few things when using WordPress e.g.
1) How would I add image links to the left sidebar (the little paw prints that say 'home' and visit our store' etc).
2) How would I separate the various things up so they are not all in the same sidebar e.g. having 'archives' in one and 'recent posts' in another?
3) Can I change the names of the various things like changing the name 'blogroll' to 'links' etc?
4) Have they added static pages?
I am supposing it is something to do with the sidebar php pages or adding plugins etc but not sure where to actaully start.
Apologies for such a long email with more than one question but I'm sure I'm pointed in the right direction I'll 'get it'
The site I like the look of is, http://dawndowsett.typepad.com/norfolk_for_dogs/welcome_norfolk_for_dogs.html/
Thanks very much for nayones help in advance.