For years, WordPress has been associated with blogging.  And, as a blogging platform, WordPress is the leader in the field.  However, thanks to the many plugins and themes that have been developed to work with this robust system, WordPress can do a whole lot more than just help you create a simple blog.

Many people today are using it to create static websites, which may or may not even have a blog on it.  And, luckily for even the most novice internet users, it is simple to use.  In fact, it is fair to say that WordPress has allowed everyone the ability to create a stunning website without needing to know any complicated code or HTML language.

So, how can WordPress be used as a static website?  Here is a brief explanation:

*Once WordPress is installed on your domain, you will need to log in to your dashboard.  The login information will be whatever you set up during installation, and you access it by typing in (www)yourdomain.com/wp-admin

*The first thing you need to do is set up a home page.  Click on the ìPagesî tab in the sidebar of the dashboard.  It will open up the page ñ and all you need to do at this point is give it a name, which in this case will be ìHomeî.

*Save it, and click to publish.

*Then, go back and click on the ìPagesî tab again.  This time, set up a page titled ìBlogî or ìWhatís Newî (if you want a blog on your site ñ otherwise, skip this step).

*Save, and publish.

*Now, click on the ìSettingsî tab in the sidebar of the dashboard and when it opens up, click on the link for ìReadingî.

*You will see the option at the top to either have your latest posts display or a static page that you can choose.  Click on the Static Page option.  Then, choose the ìHomeî page from the drop down menu options for your front page, and if you set up the blog page, choose it from the drop down for the posts page.

*Remember to click to save it at the bottom of the page.

Now, you will have a static home page that will always show up when someone types in your web address.  You can go and add whatever content you want to your page and add more pages ñ such as an ìAbout Meî and ìContactî page as you build your site.  These will all show up on the menu of your website.

If you chose to set up a blog, then every time you go to post, you simply click on the ìPostsî option in the dashboard, make your post and publish it as normal.  Every time, it will add it to your ìBlogî page that you set up ñ leaving your static home page as your front page.

WordPress makes it very simple to create functional and top of the line websites, and with the many plugins and incredible themes to choose from, it can be an excellent choice for everyone, from the technologically challenged, to the top website designer.