In This Chapter
Defining a Content Management System
Setting the home page
Creating a template for each static page, post category, and sidebar
Custom styles for sticky posts, categories and tags
Optimizing for search engine success
Finding resources for extending your WordPress blog
If you've avoided using WordPress as a solution for building your own Web site because you think it's only a blogging platform, and you don't want to have a blog (not every Web site owner does, after all), it's time to rethink your position. The self-hosted version of WordPress,
WordPress.org, is a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that is flexible and extensible enough to run an entire Web site — with no blog at all, if you prefer.
A Content Management System (CMS) is a system used to create and maintain your entire site. It includes tools for publishing and editing, as well as for searching and retrieving information and content. A CMS lets you maintain your Web site with little or no knowledge of HTML. You can create, modify, retrieve, and update your content without ever having to touch the code required to perform those tasks.
CMS programs such as WordPress give you the tools and advantages of blog software for managing and maintaining your site. These programs make setting up a Web site much easier than in the past. Before, if you didn't know HTML, you had to hire a Webmaster to maintain your Web site. With WordPress, you can ...