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(Moderator's note: Was originally titled "Wordpress for a static corporate website?")

I am looking for a WordPress solution that will give me:

  • a static website, with menu and a few pages,
  • does not look like a blog, looks like a corporate website
  • a very basic look and feel: white background, almost only text,
  • easy to setup and maintain
  • SEO

An example of my target is:

It is using WordPress, but I cannot find out which theme; perhaps it's a custom-made theme. Anyway, I cannot find a theme that gives a similar result.

Would you have a recommendation?

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Hi @tuscon:

The rachatdecredit theme is almost certainly a custom theme, you can tell from the URL for the stylesheet. Most of the time if a theme is in a directory with the same name as the site it is custom, or at least a child theme:

http://www.rachatdecredit.net/wp-content/themes/rachatdecredit/style.css

Since you want something very basic, I would suggest you build a custom theme or a child theme of the standard Twenty Theme. WordPress is great for theming because it mostly gets out of the way and lets you do what you want. Much of the complexity of a theme is handling the blogging aspects, so since you don't want those a custom theme should be pretty simple.

Since you want simple you might do more work to get an existing theme to work for you than to build it from scratch.

Here's a link to an answer I wrote about how to write your own theme:

And here's one about creating a child theme:

The child theme approach might be easier since you'll be able to start with a working theme and incrementally modify it until you get what you want.

If those are not options for you and you really want to use an "off-the-shelf" theme then there are hundreds to choose from. And that's the problem; which one? I could start researching them to find them but I don't know what you'll like so it might be better to just start doing the research on your own. I also don't know if you'll consider commercial themes or only want free.

If you must find an off the shelf theme, by googling "wordpress themes" or going here:

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Thanks a lot for digging all this info. Much appreciated. I'll look into this. –  tucson Oct 17 '10 at 13:57
    
@tucson - No problem, glad I could help! –  MikeSchinkel Oct 17 '10 at 21:27

My recommendation.

Build a template for the site in HTML/CSS, then convert that to a theme.

You almost never can find a prebuilt theme that looks decent for a non-blog format site.

Build a normal website, then convert the content areas, menus, etc to Wordpress functions.

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Thanks Andrew. Would you know a tutorial on how to covert from html/css to Wordpress theme? –  tucson Oct 17 '10 at 14:01

You could also use a basic developers theme as a starting point - like our free one.

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