How To: Use a Wordpress Page as my Homepage

Last Update: January 14, 2016

Okay, I've written a brief article on the differences between Pages and Posts and the pros and cons of each:

See last portion of this older article:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/pjgermain/blog/per...

Typically, Wordpress is setup to show your latest posts on your "Default" homepage. Because, it's new activity and fresh content. This is good for search engine optimization (SEO) as the search engines love dynamic websites that are frequently and consistently updated - you know this from your WA training, right? (this is where you should be nodding, "yes, Peej.")

Okay, but there are times - perhaps temporarily or perhaps permanently that you'll want to have Wordpress use a specific page that you've built as your homepage instead. (You can link to your recent blog Posts via your navigation menu.)

While some themes are built with some cute customization to enable this quickly and you may have a WP theme (or template) that does it. There's a way that Wordpress will do it for you from the default install.


Login to your Wordpress Dashboard and click the Pages or hover over the PAGES option in the left menu.

  1. Click on Add New.
  2. Give the page a title – something like, “Home” or you can use keywords.
  3. Create the content for your home page just as you would a blog post or any other page.
  4. Click the Publish button.
  5. Stay on the Pages functions.
  6. Click Add New again (to add another page).
  7. Title this one “Blog” or "Recent Posts" or "Tips" (or whatever you want to call the page that your recent posts appear on).
  8. You don’t need to have any Page Content for this one. Leave it blank.
  9. Click the Publish button.

Now, you're ready to inform your Wordpress website where to set your Homepage and your recent posts:

  1. In the Settings option on the left navigation select Reading.
  2. At the top of the Reading option, in the upper-right-hand corner, you'll see a "Front page displays" option similar to this:

To change your homepage from your most recent posts (your website's "landing page") simply click the second radio button "A static page" and select the newly created "Home" or "homepage" from the drop-down menu next to "Front page:"

Also, change the second drop-down menu next to "Posts page" to the newly created "Recent posts" or "Blog" or whatever you called the second blank page you created.

Lastly, click Save Change.(bottom button.)

And you're done! View your website and check it out. This can be changed anytime.

You'll also notice that on this page you can change how many of your recent blog posts are revealed to website visitors and how many are available to newly subscribed RSS members. (Syndicate feeds show the most recent option).

Below that is the Full Text or Summary option. ( I recommend summary option, this only shows a few sentences and forces the reader to visit your website to read the full article - more chances they will see your ads)

Hope this helps!

Cheers,

pj


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CaniceO Premium
PJ Thanks a lot , your training really helped me . Am folllowing you now
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Thank you very much pjGermain you have really helped me your lesson is good.
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Excellent! I'm happy it helped!
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dickw Premium
Hi Pj,
Thank you for more good info.
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PjGermain Premium
Thanks very much!!
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Martintoal1 Premium
Thanks pj. you make it look easy
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PjGermain Premium
LOL! You'll get the hang of it. Just a matter of time!
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Martintoal1 Premium
Thanks for the encouragement pj.
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Harrysastar2 Premium
Hi PJ, if your them allows a static page wouldn't it be easier just to customize your theme by going to Dashboard=Appearance=Customize? Once you see your themes customizable menu, scroll down and you should see something like the attached image. By clicking Static page button, selecting Home as your front page it will give you a static home page.
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PjGermain Premium
Yes, Harry, indeed! It's just that many themes don't have that function. I wish all would!
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WillSucceed Premium
Thank you PJ.
I'm putting a question that would probably interest many others: what is your suggestion about using, as Home page, a static page instead of the post page? In which cases you'd use one instead of the other? Again, thanks.
Cheers,
Loris
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PjGermain Premium
It's a personal choice. As I think I mentioned, the posts page changes every time you post. Which looks great to Google, Bing and Yahoo. But, sometimes you need a strong call to action or simply want to direct people to certain pages in a very pronounced manner, so a static page might be more suitable in your respective niche. So, there are pros and cons to both situations.
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Martstervt Premium
Good stuff,PJ might use it tomorrow.
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PjGermain Premium
Thanks again, Marty!
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steamer24 Premium
Thanks Pj. You always seem to have great info for us.
All the best.
Dan
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PjGermain Premium
Thanks much, Dan!
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aj88 Premium
Hey PJ great post. Good stuff here, I have used the "customize" tab to access the same features before in my theme, but this is a much easier way. Thanks again !
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PjGermain Premium
Much appreciated! Thanks!
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rosieM Premium
Outlined so well....you should create a training as well!
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PjGermain Premium
When I've been with WA 3 months, I'll have that ability. For now, I'm limited to blog posts. :-) Thanks much, Rosie!
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LLiu Premium
PJ another great post and very clear. I was wondering how this worked. I feel much more comfortable now, because of the way you explained it. Thank you!
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PjGermain Premium
Outstanding! Thank you!!!
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PaulDG Premium
Great Post PJ, thanks.
Gee I was looking at all your certs... what no Cisco or VMWare!!! :-)
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PjGermain Premium
LOL! I have done both, but didn't get the certs!
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pitters Premium
Really useful, PJ, thanks :)
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copperdell Premium
Your welcome
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ShawnCushen Premium
Thanks, PJ. I had wondered about that. Very helpful.
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PjGermain Premium
Awesome, thanks Shawn!
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mlight56 Premium
Thank you for the refresher ... great info .. cheers .... Michel
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PjGermain Premium
Thanks much Michel!
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BSeiter Premium
I think I will need this shortly. Thanks for the information.
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PjGermain Premium
Quite welcome, Brad! Cheers!
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carcol Premium
I had already done this but so long ago, I'd forgotten how I did it! Thanks for the refresher.
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PjGermain Premium
Excellent, Carol! :-)
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EKautz Premium
Thanks PJ!

I've done this before although I don't think there has been an actual training on it.

Sometimes during maybe the holidays a static page may benefit some sites, especially if they are having some type of event or special promotion where the blog roll would just be in the way. Then it's as simple as a few clicks and a save to revert back to the roll.

ROCK ON!
E
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PjGermain Premium
Precisely!! Thanks!
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EKautz Premium
You're welcome PJ.
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copperdell Premium
Wow cheers, that helps. Sherrie
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PjGermain Premium
Excellent! Thanks, Sherrie!
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