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I have much clutter on my page:

  • a search field

with capital letters and centered:

  • latest posts
  • latest comments
  • archive
  • categories
  • meta

with smaller and small letters:

  • home page administration
  • logout
  • RSS (post)
  • RSS (comment)
  • WordPress.org

and

  • Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Argent by Automattic

On a blog site they would be useful but this is a page for a small business. I do not want any of this.

What is a standard and elegant way to remove these from my pages?

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That clutter is part of the default content added with WordPress and theme installed. You can remove it through the Admin Dashboard UI:

Since you are using the Argent theme by Automattic, you need to go to Appearance -> Widgets -> Footer Widget Section and drag all the unnecessary widgets out from it.

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I depends on the theme you are using. This part with the various widgets is called "sidebar". A more drastic solution might be to remove it completely. To do this, remove the code

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>

which is usually at the bottom of your pages: index.php, archive.php, page.php etc. However such drastic changes may need further styling in order for the site to good good afterwards.

If your theme has a file called 'Full width page' or similar, you can use this template as a guide.

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