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I'm building a website from scratch (PHP, jQuery) and want to have full control over the design, implementation, etc.

I want to install Wordpress so that when you go to a certain section of the site, the blog link in the menu bar, it takes you to root/blog/ but I don't want to have to use a template and design the rest of the site around it.
Obviously, I don't want the blog pages' design to be uniform with the rest of the site.

Surely this is possible right?

If not, then I'll settle for suggestions on a different, more appropriate technology but I think this should be possible.

Is there is a way to set it up so that the user would use the wordpress.com site for admin and I simply integrate it with a PHP API. That would be fine also

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Include wp-load.php on your page and you'll have access to the WordPress API.

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Is there a tutorial out there for this? – Adam Lynch May 27 '11 at 21:01
this is a quick how-to. – Milo May 27 '11 at 21:18
Thanks. Looks handy. Hope it's not too good to be true (too awkward to provide the typical Worpress installation functionalities) – Adam Lynch May 27 '11 at 21:36

It's a lot easier than you might think. Simply install WordPress into the /blog/ folder. It will not affect the rest of your site.

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But isn't there a default template with it's own menu, etc? Is there any tutorial out there for this? – Adam Lynch May 27 '11 at 20:54
Yes, there's a default template installed but you are free to make your own that matches your CSS/HTML if that's what you are looking to do. – Matthew Muro May 27 '11 at 20:56
Hmm, sounds like a bit of hassle. Basically two separate similar designs (identical in look, similar in code [would have to use absolute paths, etc]). Had to it before for SMF and it was a pain. – Adam Lynch May 27 '11 at 20:59
Or, you could just let WordPress handle your entire site. Changing the CSS for the blog would be easy to do. – Matthew Muro May 27 '11 at 21:08
Ok (not ideal at all), but does this hinder my existing jQuery and PHP? – Adam Lynch May 27 '11 at 21:11

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