Oh no! I set up my website but it says Not Found

Last Update: January 28, 2014

Has this been your experience?

Wordpress was originally set up to be a blogging platform only. As it grew, they added resources so you can turn it into a website if you want. They didn't really change the original set up though, so when you first go into your wordpress site, the default home page (called front page) is set to be the blog.

It is going to act like a blog and will tell you it can't find any of your posts. Now, when you think you haven't actually made a post yet, that seems pretty reasonable. Yet people still think it means there is something wrong with their site.

Let's change this

You can do one of two things. You can write a post and that will appear on your front page instead of the 404 or Not Found message, or you can set a static page.

A static page means you will have a front page that works like a normal page, nothing will be updated on it until you go in to make the updates yourself.

If you decide you want a static page as the home page, then there are a couple of steps you need to take.

Step 1. Go into the admin area and find Pages on your menu (it's near the top). Add 2 new pages. Give one the title you want for your home page, such as welcome or home. Give the other a blog name. This could be blog or articles, posts, or whatever you feel fits with the overall theme of your site.

Step 2. Once they have both been created, go back to your menu. Find Appearnace then customise and click on that.

It will open to a new page with a menu on the left.

This is where you can change the site name and the tagline (Just another wordpress theme is the current tagline).

Step 3. At the bottom of this menu will be an option called Static Front Page. Click this.

Step 4 Choose the 'A static page' option and a small menu will appear below.

Step 5.Front page: Choose the page you have decided to set up as your front/home page.

Step 6.Posts page: choose the page you have created to be the new blog page.

Step 7. Click the save button at the top of the menu.


You have now set a new front page and blog page. Now go and take a look at your websie in a new window.

Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
KD6PAO Premium
Good information Michelle...Thanks
Michelle12 Premium
Thanks Joe :)
autumn56 Premium
Oh great you got a post up explaining it. I know you were thinking about it the other day, I have seen the question come up quite a bit lately so like you mentioned I am sure it is getting lost in shuffle with all the other information. Great post as always Michelle.
Michelle12 Premium
Thanks Jean :)
KatieMac Premium
thank you it is always useful to know and you explain it very well I can understand the process
Michelle12 Premium
Thanks Katie :)
Faridi Premium
Thank you for the break down Michelle, WA is what it is because of helpful contributors like yourself.
Michelle12 Premium
Thank you :)
joskieman Premium
Thank you for this, I Just saw it on the boot camp video but I guess I already had it the right way. but this is a nice thorough explanation. keep doing it you got this.
Michelle12 Premium
Thank you :) It is mentioned in the training, but I think for a lot of people there is so much to take in, it kind of gets skipped :)