In a previously published tutorial, we have explained how to create a WP home page.
If you read that tutorial, you will see that used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a self-updating list of recently-published posts.
On a blog page, your blog users can see the post titles and an excerpt of the content visible for each blog post published and links pointing to separate post pages that contain the full item (e.g. ”continue reading”…)
Note: The way your blog posts appear on your site depends on the WordPress theme you use.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article: WP For Newbies – An Overview Of WP Themes
We then showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that presents a changing list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a fixed homepage …
If you would like to learn more, go here: How To Set A Specific Page As The Website’s Home Page In WordPress
Now, what if you want to use your website as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a home page when arriving on your site like a normal website, but also be able to read the most recent posts on a ‘blog’ area of your website?
Easy … just create a ‘blog page’!
With WordPress, you can easily create a ‘blog’ area within your web site that displays your new posts to your readers with the latest post entries displaying at the top of the page.
Complete the tutorial below to learn how to create a ’blog’ section within your WordPress site that will display your latest entries.
Creating A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts: Tutorial
As we have already explained, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your website acts as a blog, displaying your latest entries on your home page.
Now, we want our web site to behave like a static website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ page.
To create a Blog Page for your website, first, create a new page.
In your WordPress admin menu, choose Pages > Add New …
You can call the page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Video Page”, “Wilma’s Blog,” etc). For simplicity’s sake, let’s just call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave the content section of this page completely empty. Do not type anything into the content editor section.
After adding the new page title, click on Publish to create the Blog Page…
You have now created your Blog Page, but we’re not done yet. We still have to specify the Blog Page as the page that will show your blog posts.
After you have saved and published your blog page, go to the WP dashboard menu and select Settings > Reading …
In the Reading Settings screen, make sure that you have the following settings configured:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: choose the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above steps …
Now, when visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will see your most recent blog post entries showing on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog section on your site to list your most recently published blog posts.
To learn how to set the number of posts displayed on your WP blog page, see this tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Posts Displaying On Your Blog
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