Transforming a Blog into Website via WordPress

transforming-a-blog-into-weToday, when everyone is striving to create his/her unique online identity, ‘standing out from the crowd’ has become a real challenge. Especially if you are depending upon a social networking site or even on an advanced pre-built content management framework like WordPress, the monotone of templates, images, animation doesn’t break. If you are also facing a similar challenge of breaking this monotone, here are some useful tips that will help you create dynamic themes for your blogs that are far better than the already established ones.


Consistent and Customized Sidebar
The basic presentation of WordPress webpage, involves a sidebar with inbuilt titles like “Archives”, “Categories” and “Blogroll”, these can be easily modified by editing the sidebar.php file in the theme directory. Apart from this, WordPress templates show different side bars on different pages, however, it is advised to display the same side bar on all the pages to offer consistency and professional look to the sidebar. Apart from this, one can also duplicate “categories” and control which categories are actually displayed.


Changing the Default Title Bar
The monotone of WordPress can also be challenged and changed by changing the default display of the Title Bar. The default coding of WordPress title bar is:

<title><?php wp_title(‘&laquo;’, true, ‘right’); ?> <?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?></title>

Tip 1. Replace the “«” character with a different one, which would change the way the page titles are displayed.

Tip 2. In the wp_title function, the third parameter is the one that determines where the post title will be displayed. You can change it very easily by changing ‘right’, term.


Designing new “Pages” sidebar as your main navigation tool
This one is closely related to the first one. In the pre coded format of WP theme, the following code in sidebar.php generates the “Pages” section of the sidebar.

<?php wp_list_pages(‘title_li=<h2>Pages</h2>’ ); ?>

You can place the ‘Pages’ section virtually anywhere on the page, just by placing this code in the overall program you can display the side bar at any desired place. Apart from this, if you don’t want the title of that section, merely remove everything after “=” in the code and then it will look like:

<?php wp_list_pages(‘title_li=’ ); ?>


Plugin “Nice Search”
Using the newly introduced ‘Nice Search’ Plugin, makes the search done on your website, more like the usual search engine search. Using this plugin redirects your WordPress searches to more attractive URL version of: /search/search-term and also converts spaces (%20) to plus symbols.

The above mentioned tips and practices are very basic and can be easily incorporated by the amateur designers and bloggers in their web programming codes to offer a customized look to their website.

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