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July 21st, 2009, 04:59 AM
Lynn, All,

Way back in October 2007 Lynn published this article on “Easily Create Niche Web 2.0 Affiliate Sites” on SSWT. The solution referred to in that article for creating affiliate sites in Wordpress was Static Blogging. However, the website that the article refers to doesn’t seem to exist anymore? What solution do you currently use for this? Any suggestions on what may be the best choice on the market for this?

Many thanks in advance.


July 21st, 2009, 09:09 AM
Since you didn't provide a link to the thread, and I'm not sure what site she may have been referring to, I'm going to take a stab at what she may have been meaning by 'static blogging' and say that you can have static pages with WordPress, as well as blog posts.

So WordPress can have both static web site pages and blog posts. Since WordPress is free, quick and easy to install and configure - you could get an affiliate site up and going within minutes, literally.

Did this answer your question? If not, please reply to clarify. :)

July 21st, 2009, 10:13 AM
Hello Traci,

Many thanks for your clarifications. I have to admit that I have not used Wordpress yet so it sounds indeed like it is fairly easy to use.

Lynn did however refer to a specific piece of software that was called 'static blogging' in the aforementioned article. here's the link to the article: http://www.selfstartersweeklytips.com/archives/102307.htm
The link is in the last paragraph of the article. It would be good to know if any of these solutions still exist in 2009 that make it even easier to use blogging software for this.

Many thanks to all

July 21st, 2009, 10:30 AM
Ok - got it. Static Blogging was a course that would teach you how to use WordPress as a stand alone web site with static pages, and came with themes and plugins. The special offer for the course has expired, which is why the link no longer works.

Essentially one could do this very thing with any WordPress setup, the key is in removing the template tags that call in the blog elements from your theme and only leave the page elements. ;)

Lynn Terry
July 21st, 2009, 10:46 AM
Wow, I didnt know that Stacie took that product off the market. It was a training tutorial, and Traci is right.

There are some really good WordPress themes for creating affiliates sites with WordPress by Unique Blog Designs: http://www.affiliatetheme.net/737.html They are not free, but they are great themes and come with a lot of help tutorials and also affiliate marketing training.

July 21st, 2009, 11:08 AM
Hi Traci

If i join the ecourse for blogging the material and the videos you provide are their available for good or their can be taken out in future???


July 21st, 2009, 11:25 AM
Mine are available for good. They aren't going anywhere. ;)

July 21st, 2009, 02:04 PM
Well, Francis, WordPress is relatively easy to use-- compared to say, hardcoding pages or using any other content management system, but you as a newbie with it, you can expect plenty of frustrations. Automated installs from web hosts help a lot for beginners. One advantage of using WordPress is that there are lots of tutorials and forums around if you search for the right problem.

You can set up a static site very easily in WordPress. You have the choice of creating either blog entries or stand-alone pages (which would be best for a static site). The settings allow you to change the main page from a blog style to any permanent page. Then you just tweak the sidebar(s) to show only what you want. This is most easily done in the Widgets area. Widgets being sidebar features that take over the sidebar once one is enabled.

The tricky part with setting up a new WP site, though is usually getting your theme (or template) the way you want. There are thousands of themes available-- most of them free-- but you rarely find one that suits you needs without some tweaking and that can become pretty involved. Sometimes it's worth it to pay someone to customize one if you're not so inclined.

--Wade Watson

July 23rd, 2009, 03:47 PM
I am using the Gutenberg WordPress theme. I want to change the font color of my blog title and rename the "Contact" page tab. I hope someone can lend me a hand and tell me how I can get this done or direct me to a very good tutorial that addresses these two issues. Thanks.

July 23rd, 2009, 03:57 PM
To rename your contact page; click Page > Edit and than click the contact page and edit under that - rename the page in the title area and change the page slug too (just under the title area, click the edit button). Save your changes.

To change the title of your page, that's going to be found in your CSS stylesheet, without a link to your site and to the stylesheet, I'm going to take a guess that it's in the most logical place in the stylesheet in a class called:

.header h1 {
color: #FFFFF


You should see code similar to above, most likely with more code than that, or different code, but something like that which is basically saying the header 1 (h1) tag in the header <head> of your document should look like ____ and then everything underneath are the rules for that. Just change the #FFFFF for the hex color code that you want it to be.

July 23rd, 2009, 04:59 PM
Static Blogging is alive and well and is right here

Static Blogging Course (http://www.staticblogging.com/)

And it is a great course I took it and a great benefit is that Christy and Stacie are SO helpful whenever you get stuck.

BUT now you could look at Traci's course at http://beginningblogger.com/

Or even http://www.wpgoldmine.com/

Good Luck



July 24th, 2009, 01:51 PM
I use a crude, but usually effective method of tweaking WordPress theme colors and other style adjustments. I use the free Kompozer WYSIWYG HTML editor. It's hardly perfect, but has an OK style editing feature. In WordPress, I open the Appearance>Editor and copy over the style.css file and some of the page file into Kompoze to create a rough version of the Theme's page appearance. You can just put the whole css file inside <style> tags in the head section. Then I use the Kompozer style editor to change colors, sizes and such. It actually lets you see the colors as you pick them.

I don't paste the whole code back into the online theme, though. I just paste the bit of code I changed from the style editor into the theme's style.css file to replace the change. Don't copy a whole css file or page code from Kompozer to WordPress, though-- it adds some unnecessary coding that can cause problems.
Of course, you want to have a copy of the original theme files in case you have to return it to it's original state.

--Wade Watson

July 24th, 2009, 02:21 PM

I think that may be too much for a newbie. Is'nt it Wade??


July 24th, 2009, 03:12 PM
Thanks, Wade!

I'm don't know about using this method because I'm not all that tech savvy but I will give it a try. :-)

If anyone else has a simpler way of doing it, please let me know.

July 24th, 2009, 09:20 PM
Yea, it probably is too much for a newbie, but like everything else in all this web creation stuff, once you learn to do it, you're a newbie no more. It's wise to take things a one step at a time, but I've found that I learn difficult things faster when I have an immediate use or the knowledge.