Building Static WordPress Websites Fast and Easy

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.”


A Static WordPress site rarely needs blog items like calendars or archives, etc. A simple solution is to navigate to your WordPress administration panel and select design>widgets. You can then add or subtract the devices you want to make the sidebar look identical. This way, you don’t have to touch any code.

Now for the plugins. I recommend these basic plugins.:

Add the all-in-one SEO plugin. Add the privacy policy plugin. Optional, but I always have a privacy policy on my sites. Add a sitemap plugin if you want. This is very good for search engines to find all your content. Add a Google Sitemap and register it at Google. This is very important and will help you do well in Google.

If you want AdSense or affiliate banners, add the ads manager plugin or any other WordPress plugins available. I like and use Ad Manager. It is very versatile and can also be used to easily add different 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 important if you include hard code in 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, you can forget it.


Find the plugins at or do a Google search for each of the above plugins. If I am looking for a 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 it.

Activate the plugins in your WordPress admin panel. If you are using WordPress 2.5, they are located in the plugins link to the right. Again, I recommend that you read the instructions on the individual author plugin sites for 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 reports 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 static, so I don’t need comments. If you want, you can also uncheck Allow Pings. It is up to you. I always uncheck both.

At the bottom of the page, you will see a “page order” area. This is good, so 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 added an introduction to the main article page and made the other articles easily accessible. A nice touch is that I like to find a template with 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 be left 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.


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