Hi everyone and welcome to Shawn's Tutorials.

Today's version will be on static pages and blog rolls.

What they are and how to use them.

I have been asked over and over about what a static page is, how to set it up and why to use it.

Another major series of questions I keep getting asked is how to make a blog roll page and should it be the opening page of the website and if yes, why?

First lets go over the definitions and how to use them.

Static Page:

A static page is a page you create to greet people who visit your website.

What static means is this page will be the first page your visitors will see when they come to your website by the main URL and this pages content will not change.

Blog Roll:

A blog roll is a page you create to hold all of your blog posts.

This is a regular blank page that you can assign to be your blog roll, and as you write blog posts and assign them to this page they create a blog roll with fresh posts from day to day, depending on how often you add posts.

You can set this page as the first page your visitors will see when they come to your site.

*** NOTE ***

If you set your site to blog roll, you may have to create a navigation tab for your blog so you can navigate back to it after you leave the opening page.

You can find that training here:

Creating a Custom Menu Tab For Your Blog Roll


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CarlaIves Premium
Great job explaining things, Shawn! I sort of skimmed it as I'm ready for bed, but I bookmarked it to take abetter look at later. I may switch one of my sites to a static page. Not sure yet.
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Shawn Martin Premium
I hope it is easy to follow. Thanks for bookmarking it, makes me feel good,. :)
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kholmes Premium
Nice explanation and review for what that means. Great Job!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks
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kholmes Premium
I do have a question though. I have my home page as static, and all the content for the most part is the same. But I decided to change and add featured items for my store with Amazon...right now doing Halloween...is that not a good thing or should I create a separate page for that.
I have the blog roll page working well.
Took me a bit to figure it out, one of those things that was so easy I over thought it..Lol. :))
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Shawn Martin Premium
Feel free to post a link so i can follow what you are asking. :)
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kholmes Premium
Well, here is my home page set as static page:

http://brightoncomputerandretailstore.com/

What is interesting, the way I had it before I was ranking 38 with Google for this page, now that I revised it and removed a ton of other content that was a bit confusing probably. I am now ranking 2.5 on Google Analytics for this page.
And here is my post blog roll that I set up in my menu for reading:

http://brightoncomputerandretailstore.com/blog-computers/

This is now ranking 4.1, it was running at about page 5 for a while till I changed some of my blogging routines. Well, actually I didn't even have a blog roll till about two weeks ago, was having a duhh moment on how to get it set up. I just had a long running page with all the blogs on it.

Thanks, I appreciate you taking a look. :))
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bill808 Premium
And you can have many static pages. I think of a static page as a page in a reference book. I want it to always be available. The blog is like a newspaper. Like the picture. The blog post is like a piece of tissue paper, used and discarded. It rolls down the page and disappears from view. A blog roll is also define as the list of recent blogs and the blogs archived by month that are often seen in the side bar of a blog/website.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Exactly Bill
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lyndi5 Premium
Thank you so much for this. I have been looking for this kind of training.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad I could help
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kellyrae82 Premium
Thanks for clarifying as this is a question I have had!
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Shawn Martin Premium
You are welcome :)
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