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Suppose you have WordPress running at http://example.com/. Also, suppose that you want your blog to be located at http://example.com/blog/ and that you want other pages to be available at http://example.com/page1/.
The first thing you will want to do is to create a homepage. You can do this by creating home.php in your theme directory. Next, create a blog template. The easiest way to do this is to create a file named blog.php with the following contents in your theme directory:
Note: the home.php file is not needed in versions 2.1+. Please see Creating A Static Front Page to learn about how to create separate blog and front pages.
<?php /* Template Name: Blog */ // Which page of the blog are we on? $paged = get_query_var('paged'); query_posts('cat=-0&paged='.$paged); // make posts print only the first part with a link to rest of the post. global $more; $more = 0; //load index to show blog load_template(TEMPLATEPATH . '/index.php'); ?>
Log in to WordPress and create a page named "Blog" with Template "blog". You're done. The one last thing you will want to do is to update your permalinks structure to begin with "/blog/", i.e., "/blog/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/". Now you have a WordPress-managed CMS with a unique front page and logically-structured blog content.
If you're using the <!-- more --> quicktag to place things below the fold in your posts, you'll want to include the global variable $more and set it to zero (as shown in the code above). Otherwise, the entire post will print out on your blog's main page.