Get some free html template. Open it in Notepad or Dreamweaver and get idea how things are going. Find yourself some ebook html+css. You can run it for a month.
Then you will realize how site works and will see it is very hard to keep it updated manual, so you will get yourself some CMS like Wordpress, Joomla, sNews, Drupal...
Choose Wordpress for a start as Will said. Then download some free themes few plugins and see how here things are working. After managing and understanding wordpress you will easily see the point of using CMS. Until that you will already know html and css or at least you will know how to change and adopt things... Do not buy templates and things until you dont know what are you buying... After learning basics you will know better what are you want... You can do everything without knowing any things i mentioned but it will be better experience and you would not have to call your friends or pay for every things...
The main advantage of wordpress for content site is RSS Feeds and google love RSS Feeds
I am needed to get a site up now, I am looking at wordpress but I want a theme that doesn't make it look like a blog (or obvious that it is wordpress) I want the site to be a professional service site for SEO.
Anyone have tips on this? Maybe who has templates like what I am asking, maybe with the SEO addons already added.
Using the default wordpress settings:
- Always use Friendly URL's, that is, forget these ../blablabla?p=123 URL's
- Redirect your 12345abc.com URL's to www.12345abc.com
- Create strong user passwords
- Edit your auto-rss feeds to include a large list of rss agregators
I use (and keep updated)
- All in One SEO Pack
- Blog Metrics
- Easy Tube
- Get Random Posts
- Global Translator
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Related Posts
- NextGen Gallery
There are a few others I'm not using atm.
Wordpress is by far (from my own experience) the best CMS around.
You can get a load of free wordpress around the web, and by editing those you can easily make your site look different from a blog; you can remove the comments option, the "posted by" option, the archives option, etc, etc...
Editing wordpress templates is very easy, by editing those properly you can make your wordpress site look like a standard site instead of a blog.
On Shenron list I would add also next plugins for wordpress:
All in One Adsense and YPN
Wordpress Plugins - Developed by Linewbie.com | Linux and Open Source Blog
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 1.9 � iDeasilo
Karailiev’s sitemap | Яйо
SEO Friendly Images
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin for WordPress
and depends by site
Release: [Wordpress Plugin] SyntaxHighlighter Plus | Beyond Coding
Wordpress Download Monitor
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