So I dunno if Im totally missing something or what. I want a WP blog for my site but I dont think I want to build my whole site with Word press… is this possible? Can I simply plug my wordpress blog into my site? If I cannot I also have a blogger blog, can I plug it into my site?
I basically want a blog link/page that just as the whole blog, and then maybe in my footer of the main page have a section that shows the 3 or 4 most recent posts.
Can anyone help me?
I think you should just build the whole site in wordpress. It’s not that hard. Chris has done movies on how to do this. And it works very well. You can make your wordpress site look like anything you want. What I love about it is that it gives you the ability to plugin so many different neat stuff. It also makes it very easy to have a contact form as there is a contact for plugin for wordpress. I think you would be making it much more difficult for yourself by trying to avoid wordpress and have blog options than to just use wordpress. Check out themeforest.net. They have so many really good themes built in wordpress and they are really cheap. really really cheap.
I use dreamweaver too :) Although to do it you really need to focus on just using the text editor and not any of the pants what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) editor thing.
Ok so – you should have found out about the starkers template by now, within that you would have all the files you need.
Now what I do is set up a test wordpress install, I normally put it in a folder called "test". Then I activate the starkers theme.
In dreamweaver I set up a direct FTP connection to the site, which alows me to edit the files live on the server. So you dont have to worry about uploading, it just saves it directly to the server. If you go to new site and then instead of "site" select FTP & RDS Server and add your FTP details and the like you can then go directly to the template folder which is located in wp-content/themes/*theme-name*
You can pretty much pick up on the WordPress screencast series then that Chris has done :)
Wordpress is a great blogging tool and I’m really trying to use them more on my sites.
I also have dreamwaver CS3 (I can’t bring myself to upgrade to CS4 yet)…. and I actually prefer to use a text editor now that I’m getting the hang of coding. My new favorite is a freebee called the Programmers NotePad.
Fast, easy and CHEAP!
I mentioned this in another post but something that really helped me learn WordPress more is finding programming videos. It made me do a 180 on how I do websites and it gives me a little insight into what other "real" programmers do. I’ve learned more by watching other people do it than any class I have taken or book I’ve read.
Somehow I missed the second part to this question.
If your using WordPress as a blog with an existing theme, you wont need any of your coding tools anymore. It’s already done for you. If you intend to make your own themes for wordpress you can use any code generating tools you want because all you are effectively doing when creating a theme is writing the HTML and CSS code as you normally would but plugging the WordPress "hooks" in the code to call particular functions such as the latest posts, comments and widgets. I have been a diehard Dreamweaver user until I watched some very helpful coding tutorials that used only a text editor like the programmers notepad.
I think what I should do is try to gather a collection of tutorials I have seen regarding WordPress that have helped me a great deal, the video tutorials by Jeffery Way being the most helpful.
Can anyone help me?
it is possible, I have a site that only uses wordpress for the blog stuff, but the rest of the site is nothing to do with wordpress.
you just need to set it up correctly.
have a look here for the site I done for a client, wordpress is in the news part of the site.
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