How to turn ANY web page into a WordPress Page

I’ve noticed a lot of people wondering how to use WordPress as a sales page. Now, I wouldn’t recommend using it for this if all you’re going to have is a sales page, but if you’re planning a blog in the back end, or some other pages that you want to easily edit, then maybe it’s not overkill.

Anyway, to make life easy for those folks looking to integrate their existing sales page into a WordPress install, here’s the secret…. YOU DO NOT NEED TO USE A PARTICULAR THEME, OR EVEN INTEGRATE THE PAGE INTO THE SITE….

Here’s the quick and dirty way to add your page to your blog:

  1. Open your sales page in note pad or a text editor
  2. Add the following code at the top of the page:
    <?php
    /*
    Template Name: Sales Page
    */
    ?>
  3. Rename the page to something like mysalespage.php
  4. Upload your new page to your theme folder in your WordPress installation

salespage1
And that’s the hard part.

Now, go to your WordPress admin area and create a new page.
salespage2

Make the title Buy It Now or something like that, just in case you have the page listed in your blog section in the future. Leave the body of the page blank.

In the righthand sidebar, in the new Attributes area, choose your newly created page from the Template dropdown box.

salespage3

You’re done. Save the page.

If you preview the page now, you’ll see your sales letter. All that’s left to do is make your sales page the front page of your site.

You can do that by clicking the Settings item in the left sidebar, then choosing the Reading settings.
salespage4

Select “A Static Page” for your front page display, and choose your Buy It Now page from the drop down list.
salespage5

And that’s it.

Now when you go to your front page, you’ll see your sales letter. If you want to change your sales letter, just change mysalespage.php or whatever you named the template page, and reupload it. It’s not elegant, but it is better than paying someone to make a new page template for you.

IF YOUR NEW PAGE DOESN’T SHOW UP IN THE TEMPLATE LIST

Someone told me their newly created page didn’t show up when the followed the directions above. The best thing to do then, is grab a copy of page.php from your template folder. Rename it mysalespage.php and change the code at the top to
<?php
/*
Template Name: Sales Page
*/
?>

Follow the rest of the directions, and at the very end of the process, replace the faked sales page template with your real sales page.

2 comments

  1. This is awesome,, since I just made a sales page but would make things soooo much easier if it was a page on my blog I could edit from my admin instead of a seperate html editor.

  2. In reply to your actual post (not sure about the other comments LOL), thank you! The information you’ve provided is something I’ve been wondering about for quite some time. While I do not think I would make my “sales page” my front page, adding it as a page to the wordpress blog might come in very handy. I have noticed that static front pages tend to confuse people. I guess we’re all used to see “fresh” material rolling down the page. Again, thanks a bunch, and I really am bookmarking this 🙂

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