Monthly Archives: October 2009

How To Make a WordPress Blog Look Like a Normal Website

I regularly get asked how to make a wordpress look like a normal website.

The easiest way to make a blog look like a "normal" website is to do the following :

 

[like-lock]1. Remove all sidebar widgets, such as archives, recent post/comments blocks. Anything that wouldnot exist on a normal website.

2. Set your permalinks to be
%postname%.html

3. Make pages instead of posts.

4. Make use of the following WordPress plugins to make things works so much easier:

- PageMash (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pagemash/) - Customise the order your pages are listed in and manage the parent structure with this simple ajax drag-and-drop administrative interface with an option to toggle the page to be hidden from output. Great tool to quickly re-arrange your page menus.

- RSS Includes Pages (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rss-includes-pages/) -Modifies RSS feeds so that they include pages and not just posts. Deactivating the plugin restores RSS feeds to their default state. Including pages in your feed is particularly useful if you're using WordPress as a CMS where pages represent a good portion of your content.

Now your website will look alot like a normal website, than a blog.

You are right, the correct template can make all the difference.
Try searching for a template that is a 1-column template, with a horizontal menu for the pages..

Here is a link with some 1-column wordpress templates.

http://mashable.com/2007/09/04/1-column-wordpress-themes/

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Put A Google Sitemap on Your WordPress Blog

I keep getting asked how to integrate a Google sitemap (XML FILE) with a wordpress blog.

Actually its pretty simple, becuase there is a really neat little plugin that will create a XML file from your posts (in a valid Google & Yahoo sitemap XML format) and then it will tell the search engines that this sitemap has been updated.

Its called : Google XML Sitemaps
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SideWiki Blocker

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I've just finished putting the final touches to a new WordPress plugin that blocks comments being displayed in Google's new .

You can download the plugin . Just unzip and copy up to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.

Once activated it works. To stop it, simply unactivate the plugin.

The plugin is simply a wrapper for the Javascript code that Steve Diamond wrote (), you can download the code at :

, or use it straiught from Google's own site. I prefer having it on my own hosting as it "might go missing" on google's hosting 🙂

There's a lot of concern about Google's new SideWiki "module" that comes bundled with the latest version of the Google Toolbar.

You may be wondering, "If I'm doing nothing wrong, what have I got to worry about?"

A good questions, but it wouldn't take much for your competitors to leave "bad" comments about your website, and as well as dropping links to other peoples websites. Continue reading