As I said in my post, I already downloaded wordpress successfully. Sorry you didn't understand this.
Actually, you are not writing clearly. Its not understanding that were lacking, its your writing thats lacking.
You said this:
I have seen websites created using wordpress. I downloaded 2.5 to my web host and have been hunting through the codex for any info on having my blog function as a website. I am not finding anything.
Once installed, you have a website. A site with a blog on it IS a web site. A site with a single image on it, IS a web site.
In the future, be more clear, and we can all avoid being confused.