First, you need to find a nice template that you like. There are many free WordPress template sites. It is straightforward to find Go to Google or any favorite search engine and search” Free WordPress Templates” or “Free WordPress Themes.”
Static WordPress site rarely needs the blog items like calendars or archives etc. A simple solution is to navigate in your WordPress administration panel to design>widgets. You can then add or subtract the widgets you want to make the sidebar look exactly alike. This way, you don’t have to touch any code.
Now for the plugins. I recommend these basic plugins.:
If you want AdSense or affiliate banners add the ads manager plugin or any other WordPress plugins available. I like and use ads manager. It is very versatile, and it can also be used to easily add other types of banners to a page and control it by the Admin panel. With ad manager, you also need the exec PHP plugin. This is really important if you are going to hard code includes into the template. I use it to add banners to the sidebar via widgets and the text widget. If you don’t know what this means, then you can forget it.
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Find the plugins at WordPress.org or do a Google search for each of the above plugins. If I am looking for some plugin, I usually do a Google search by “keyword” and then “WordPress plugin.” I always navigate to the author’s site for the latest plugin and instructions on how to use the plugin.
Activate the plugins in your WordPress admin panel. They are located in the plugins link to the right if you are using WordPress 2.5. Again, I recommend that you read the instructions on the individual author plugin sites as to how to use each WordPress plugin.
Create a page. Label it whatever you like. Scroll down the page writing panel to the “all in one SEO” area and add keywords and descriptions to your page. This is the same as adding the keywords and descriptions to the meta content in the head portion of your template.
Scroll down to comments and pings and turn off “Allow Comments” so you won’t see a user comment box. I want my site to look like a static site, so I don’t need comments. Suppose you want, also un-check Allow Pings. It is up to you. I always un-check both.
At the bottom of the page, you will see a “page order” area. This is good so that maybe a sales page will be on top. If you want to have a certain order to your pages in your category menu, name the page you want on top of menu 1, then the next page you create 2, etc. You can later change the order of your pages by using this feature.,
I also tend to use the subcategories Parent-child a lot. For example, I will make a page called “articles” and add different article pages as a subcategory to articles. I then add an introduction to the main article page and make the other articles easily accessible. A nice touch for me is that I like to find a template that has a horizontal menu bar with drop-down lists. I think it looks very classy. For me, everything is then neat and orderly. But this technique is up to you.
In the WordPress admin panel, go to settings>reading. On top, you will see reading settings. Then “front page displays.” On the front page, displays check the radio button “A static page (select below)” and then from the front page drop-down menu click the page you want to use for your front page. I usually title Welcome on that page or add a keyword-rich title if you don’t want any title to leave blank.
With just these little changes, you have the start of a static website with WordPress. The key is to use pages instead of posts and add keywords and descriptions via the “all in one SEO,” Your site is a really nice static website. Remember, you can control the way the sidebar looks with widgets.
Do not choose templates that make use of the WordPress tagging feature initially. Some of these templates are called newspaper themes. They are a little harder to do and take a little more to understand. Once you master the basic look, you can branch out and try the tagging features of WordPress.