so now that I’m comfortable using html, css, and php I’ve decided to make the leap to wordpress!
right now i have my website (which is still not finished fully) at http://www.baseshamai.com hosted at dreamhost.
now it is a static website and I have never used wordpress so I’m guessing i will first need to play around with it and learn to use it.
dreamhost offers a one click install but i don’t want to install it to the root because my static website is there.
is it normal to install it to a subdomain like blog.baseshamai?
is that bad? will it attract spam or what?
I bought the book from digwp and I am currently reading it.
If i was you i would use WAMP (MAMP if you are on a mac) and set wordpress up locally…All sites will attract spam, luckily, wordpress has a lot of plugins to help prevent it.
After you develop your theme locally, you can then install WP to your root, obviously, you would keep a backup of your original static site locally before you remove it from your server…that way you are covered and safe.
i already have xammp
or i can use my dropbox folder!
can i remake my site exactly the way it is into wordpress?
even the home and portfolio pages?
or will they have to change their appearance?
I mean I don’t want any posts or threads on those pages.
as you can see I am very new to wordpress
Wordpress is useful if you want to run your website using a CMS and a blog. If you are happy with a static content site you might choose not use it. You can run any HTML and CSS from WP without a problem; you just have to get used to the template structure and how it works. CSS-tricks has some great starter videos on WP including the WP loop – a very important function. A good idea is to run the site locally using WAMP/XAMMP before going live so you test the site. Good luck.
Hey Shamai – It would really benefit you to sign up for a membership then watch the Lynda.com titles on wordpress, particularly the Essential Training and the Creating Custom Themes title. The later is by Chris Coyier, the owner of this site and co-autor of Digging into WordPress.
Both of them will be a huge help to you in getting started.
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