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Using WordPress for both a blog and "normal" website? (13 posts)

  1. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm about to embark on my first WordPress adventure, but need to know more about its capability. I'd like to use it for a site that would contain both a blog and "normal" web pages. Can I easily create and maintain a menu system and add pages to the menu sections? Are themes and templates the tools for that? I'd appreciate some explanation of this kind of ability that I haven't been successful in finding much about.

  2. RoseCitySister
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Did you look in the codex? There are pretty clear instructions on the difference between posts and pages there. You could also check out http://wordpress.tv.

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Can I easily create and maintain a menu system and add pages to the menu sections?

    Yes

    Are themes and templates the tools for that?

    Themes change the look of your site. Templates are files within themes that govern the display and behaviour of individual types of pages.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress

  4. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for the informative replies! Now another newbie question:

    >Did you look in the codex?<

    What (and where) is the codex?

  5. RoseCitySister
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    That would be the link that esmi just gave you.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress

  6. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    >That would be the link that esmi just gave you.<

    Ha ha, thanks. Newbies will be newbies.

  7. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Here an entry in the codex I'd like to ask about:

    >WordPress uses user-levels to control user-access to different features, so you can restrict the ability of individual users to create or modify content in your weblog, by changing their user-level.<

    Might that include the ability to prevent (or allow) viewing of selected content by individual users or groups of users? I'm used to working with dotnetnuke so that's where that question comes from.

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Without additional plugins - not to any great extent. You can password protect pages and posts but beyond that you simply have the option to mark pages as "private" (ie not viewable by the general public). However, if you add in a role management plugin, it may be possible to restrict private posts based upon the logged in user's access level.

  9. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    >if you add in a role management plugin, it may be possible to restrict private posts based upon the logged in user's access level.<

    That sounds very interesting. Do you know of a role management plugin to recommend for this purpose? I did some searching and found a couple of possible suspects, but one was no longer supported and the other had almost nothing written about it.

  10. RoseCitySister
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Did you download the second one? It probably has a readme file in it that explains what you need to know.

    A lot of stuff about WordPress is very easy - like installing plugins - just a click away. Most of the time (not always, I admit) it's easy to feel your way as you go.

    What plugin was it, the second one?

  11. mwrmwr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I didn't save info on the ones I found before (bad idea), so looking again...

    Here's a new (to me) one that looks interesting.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/user-access-manager
    http://www.gm-alex.de/projects/wordpress/plugins/user-access-manager

    Here's one but it has a limitation that users can belong to only one role.
    http://www.im-web-gefunden.de/wordpress-plugins/role-manager

    Didn't see anything else that look likely in a quick search.

  12. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've used Role Manager before and it worked well for me but, as you said, one user - one level of access.

  13. Syed Balkhi
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok this is not as simple if you don't know the coding. But it is very simple if you are familiar with WordPress. Basically you can make sets of custom pages ... and have a static website going and have blog as a separate page and have it going ...

    http://www.new-heightscoaching.com/

    A website that my company did for a client. It is all powered by one wordpress platform .. They can easily add and remove pages from their sidebar menu on each page ... add/modify any text they want to... and if they add blog posts then the blog will be updated.

    Do you want something like that...

    That type of work is custom work ... mostly a custom template. ...

    Although it uses a lot of the idea of a magazine style theme which I have written a short ebook about.

    http://www.balkhis.com/web-designs-resources/how-to-make-a-magazine-style-theme-for-wordpress/

    That post have a lot code snippets of wordpress that you would need to make this work, but most importantly you need to know how to make custom pages for wordpress and have dynamic sidebars for each page. You would also need to know how to extract just one category of blog roll.

    If you need professional help headover to my website and use the contact form to send me a message.

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