In another article, we’ve covered how to easily turn any page on your website or blog into a static home page.
If you visit that tutorial, you will see that in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a self-updating list of recently-published posts.
On a blog page, visitors can see the headlines and an excerpt of the content displayed for each blog post published and links pointing to separate pages where your visitors can then continue read the full content (e.g. ”click here to continue reading”…)
Note: How your blog posts display on your site can depend to a large extent on the WordPress theme you use. To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article:
We then showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that presents a dynamic list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a fixed homepage …
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Now, what if you would like to use your web site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static home page when landing on your site like a normal website, but also be able to read the most recent blog posts on a ‘blog’ area in your site?
Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!
With WordPress, you can easily create a ‘blog’ section in your web site that displays new posts to your visitors with the latest content showing at the top of the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily create a ’blog’ section on your site that will display your latest articles.
Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress To Display Your Latest Blog Posts
As we’ve already explained, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your site behaves characteristically like a blog, displaying your most recent post entries on your landing page.
Now, we want the site to perform more like a static website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ section.
To create a Blog Page for your site, first, you need to create a new page.
In your WordPress dashboard menu, choose Pages > Add New …
You can call your page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Updates”, “Company Blog,” etc). In the example below let’s call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave this page entirely blank. Do not add anything into the content editor section.
After adding the new page title, click on Publish to create your Blog Page…
Your Blog Page has been created, but there’s still one more step to complete. You still need to specify the Blog Page as the page that will display your blog entries.
After you have saved and published your new page, choose Settings > Reading from your WP navigation menu …
In the Reading Settings panel, make sure that you have the following settings configured:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: find the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above steps to update your settings …
Now, whenever your visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your latest blog post entries displayed on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your WP site that will automatically display your most recently published blog post entries.
See this tutorial to learn how to specify the number of entries showing on your blog:
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