Known as a static front page or splash page, this is the first page seen by users entering your site. Unlike a traditional WordPress front page, featuring the WordPress Loop which generates a list of your most recent posts, the static front page is a customized page that lacks the The Loop and displays static information that can either invite people to "click through" to the real good stuff or offer highlighted post or article features and information that direct users to different areas of your WordPress site. It can have static information and links that do not change, or in can incorporate some automatically changing information.
There are many things you can do with a static front page, so let's take you through your options.
A splash page is usually a HTML static introduction page featuring a logo or graphic invitation to enter your site. You can add a navigation menu, too, but the splash page is usually the graphic welcome rather than a sampler menu of your site. It often features a logo or some graphic with the invitation to click to enter. It might have Flash, animation, or just a few words.
By default, most websites feature their main page as one of the following:
You can choose to have one of these be your static front page if you like.
1. Using a text editor, open a blank document.
2. To include the header from WordPress to maintain a consistent look, add this to the top of the page, using the folder path name you installed WordPress into:
<?php define('WP_USE_THEMES', true); require('./wordpress/wp-blog-header.php'); ?>
3. To add the sidebar and/or footer, include the following at the bottom of the page, using the same folder path:
<?php get_sidebar(); ?> <?php get_footer(); ?>
4. In between, add your static page information.
<?php define('WP_USE_THEMES', false); require('./wp-blog-header.php'); get_header();?> <div id="content" class="narrowcolumn"><h1 style="color:#000;">Welcome to my site</h1> <p>Hello and welcome to my site. You can go to my web page about how to improve your shoots with your digital camera; or you can go to my blog</p></div> <?php get_sidebar(); ?> <?php get_footer(); ?>
When you install WordPress, you can install it into its own folder and retain the index.php that comes with WordPress. The link to enter your WordPress driven version of your site would be to this /wordpress/index.php from the root /index.php.
Now you can upload your splash page to your root server folder (usually called public_html)
How to incorporate automatic information from the WordPress site - like mini feeds or mini loop.
When you request a folder in a Apache web server (for example the folder called /weas), the core of Apache will search for a file with any of the names in a list saved on httpd.conf To be continued