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WordPress as front page of existing website? (10 posts)

  1. cristofa
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The front page of my fairly basic website is a kind of blog, without the advantages of blog software - I would particularly like to have a means of getting discussions going based on my posts.

    Pending a major redesign, would it be possible to use WordPress as the website's front page, and have links navigate to the rest of the site? Could you look at the site http://www.rocat.co.uk and comment on feasibility and ease - I am not strong on coding.

    atb ... Christopher

  2. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Long page, too long to look at :)

    Do you mean to replace the existing "bloglike" thing with WP? Sure, though I don't know how would you 'import' over the old posts.

    If you install WP in the root directory of your website - it will become your "frontpage", main page, home page (pick one :)
    You can edit the WP template files (in the theme you'll be using) to display as many links as you wish to whatever subsections you have on the site.

    For making WP to llok like your exiting main page, you'll have to desing a theme that "mimics" the look of your existing site.

    Does this help? Post back if you have more questions.

  3. DanBollinger
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    In essence, you'd be using WP as a CMS. You can use the Links option to link to your existing html pages, or use the Page option and copy-paste their content in a WP Page.

  4. devils_advocate
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Dan -

    Could you elaborate a bit for me on what the differences are between the Links page and the Page (page)?

    What I' REALLY looking for is someone who can tell me how to take "pieces and parts" of WordPress's functionality and spread them around a website....

    For instance, I designed a site for a MUG (Mac User Group) and they have a small section on the main page where i'd like to show the most recent announcement ((posted in WordPress)) but ONLY the most recent announcement and nothing else on the homepage. inside the site - I'd just like to run a conventional WordPress Site/Blog..

    Anyone have any ideas how I can accomplish this with Word Press?

    tia

  5. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    @devils_advocate,

    a) See scenario #1:
    http://www.transycan.net/blogtest/2005/07/05/integrate/
    b) Use the Loop: http://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop
    c) Use a 'recent_posts' plugin
    d) Use a feedreader

    All kind of options :)

  6. devils_advocate
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    moshu posted:

    a) See scenario #1:
    transycan.net/blogtest/2005/07/05/integrate/
    b) Use the Loop: codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop
    c) Use a 'recent_posts' plugin
    d) Use a feedreader

    All kind of options :)

    Your site demo/tutorial looks promising - but still somewhat confusing...I'll have to wade through it to see if I understand what you mean when you say...

    "clean it up: delete all the text from the NEWS section and keep the rest. The News section should be just a bare <div id="your-div-name"> < /div> (or a div class, depending on your structure)."

    wouldn't it be easier to go to the "index.php" file? Or do I have the wrong idea?

    Also - I have no idea what a " Use a 'recent_posts' plugin" is - or how to implement it...so lets stick with the tutorial you wrote....

  7. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    To go to which index file?
    Your site's index file? The WP's short and sweet? The theme's index file?
    I thought I was talking about the index.php in your root = the non-WP index file of your main site.

    "Plugins" always means to go to: http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins and search, browse. There are several plugins that allow you to display an excerpt of the most recent X number of posts wherever you want.

    Or, if you are very fresh to WP - it is always beneficial to start here:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Getting_Started_with_WordPress

  8. devils_advocate
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    "To go to which index file?
    Your site's index file? The WP's short and sweet? The theme's index file?
    I thought I was talking about the index.php in your root = the non-WP index file of your main site."

    sorry. I meant...instead of stripping away the info as you suggest - wouldn't be easier just to grab the code from the index.php files in a template?

  9. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't think you've read it carefully. First you make "room" for it in the main index and then you grab the code form the theme's index = The Loop.
    It's not a perfect tutorial but if you know a better way, you are welcome to write a better one :)

  10. cristofa
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    "Do you mean to replace the existing "bloglike" thing with WP?"
    ... just what I mean

    "Sure, though I don't know how would you 'import' over the old posts."
    ... I guess I'd move those to the existing 'archive' pages, and start afresh with WordPress.

    It sounds like it's feasible, though - I'll try it out on a dummy sight first - thanks.

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