WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform. Although developers continue to focus on the blogging paradigm, WordPress users are not forced to use it just for blogging. Many do not. There are plenty of users who deploy it as a content management system to create static WordPress sites, host web-based applications, and more. In short, you can use WordPress without ever blogging.
There are two basic methods for using WordPress separate from blogging explained below. Note that your purposes for doing so will dictate the best choice. Also don’t worry about making the wrong choice. You can always go back and change your mind without doing any damage to your site.
Stop Using Blogging Features
The simplest way to use WordPress without blogging is to just stop using blogging features. In other words, you are not required to regularly post new blogs or updates. You are not required to place a widget in the sidebar where users can find your most recent posts. You can, for all intents and purposes, create a website consisting only of pages. If there are no posts, there is nothing to make use of blog features.
Know that if you choose this option, some functions will still be visible. For example, website visitors will still be invited to leave comments on a new page unless you specifically turn comments off. Any new pages you create will appear as posts if you accidentally chose to create a new post rather than a new page.
You may want to choose this option if you are planning to build a static site on which you will occasionally blog. If you choose to disable blog features as explained below, any future blog posts you want to create would have to be created as new pages linked as blog posts. This can get complicated if you do it too many times.
Disable All Blog Features
Thanks to the wonderful world of WordPress plugins, you can completely disable all blog features so as to make them inactive on both the front and back ends. When you do so, you will not be able to view any blog functions either. But because it is plugin-based, you can always revert back should you decide you want to do so.
There are only a handful of plugins available at this time, but they all do the job. We have two suggestions:
- Disable Blog (Joshua Nelson) – This plugin, which currently boasts more than 2,000 active installations, disables all blog functions including comments, categories and tags, and custom posts.
- Disable Blogging in WordPress (Fact Maven) – This is a more comprehensive plugin that both disables all blog functions and removes administrative options relating to blogging. It even removes database query strings and unnecessary code from page headers.
You do not have to use the blog functions of WordPress if you don’t want to. Today, WordPress can be a complete content management environment for building just about any kind of website you want.