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rushman007 / 5 Points
2012-10-19 12:54 pm EST
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So I have some basic experience with websites, but it's been awhile. I installed Wordpress for our site www.kumonstl.com, but it looks to be geared more toward blogging. What I'm looking for is pretty basic. I simply want a place where I can post a monthly article, updates on monthly student awards, pertinent contact info, and any new franchise news. I'm not looking to blog or anything.

Is WordPress the right program for me to use?

Also, is there a way that I can post PDF files to our homepage for my franchise owners to download?

If so, is there a way to make each file specific to each user, and password protected? For example, if I post a PDF for Jane Smith to download, can I make it so only Jane Smith can download it with her own password?


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3,713 Points
2012-10-19 1:59 pm EST
Hello Don, and thanks for the question.

WordPress was initially designed as a blogging platform, however has evolved into a very robust publishing platform now that can be used for simple blog posts, or setup more like a standard website as well.

We have an entire education channel dedicated to WordPress that you might wish to review, in order to see if you believe it might be the right application for you:

WordPress Education Channel

The main difference between having a more blog type feel to your WordPress site, and a standard website is going to be the difference between posts (blog) and pages (standard). This article from the 101 class touches on pages:

How to Create a WordPress Page

The next article in that class would be recommended reading as well, as it touches on setting the home page of your WordPress site to either display your most recent posts, or instead using a static page that you've created:

How to Configure your Home Page in WordPress

You can upload PDF documents to a WordPress site by simply hovering over Media in the left-hand menu of your WordPress administration panel, and clicking on Add New. Then you can simply drag-and-drop the PDF document from your local computer into your web-browser in the section specified for this, or click on Select Files to browse your computer for the PDF document you'd like to upload.

By default WordPress doesn't have a built-in feature for password protecting select files to select users. However one of the advantages of WordPress is that millions of people use it and there is a large amount of plugins that add extra functionality to it for free. It looks like the following plugin offers the ability you're looking for, you can set a password on a file, and even set a limit of the number of downloads that are allowed per file:

WordPress Download Manager

If you think that WordPress might seem to complex for your needs we also have something called the Premium Website Builder that you can learn about here that is more simplistic:

Premium Website Builder

This application doesn't support plugins though, so in order to setup password protection for your files you'd need to first separately upload them via FTP using this guide:

Getting started with FTP

Then you'd have to setup directory password protection in cPanel using this guide:

Password protect a directory in cPanel

Hopefully that is enough information to answer your questions and get you pointed in the right direction. If you have any further questions at all, please let us know.

- Jacob

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