In a previous tutorial, we show you how to set any page on your WP site as your home page.
If you go through that tutorial, you will learn how in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a dynamic list of recently-published blog posts.
On a WordPress blog page, visitors can see the post titles and an excerpt of the content displayed for each article published and links to separate post pages that contain the full article (e.g. “read more”…)
Note: How your blog posts appear on your site depends to a large extent on the WordPress theme you use.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this tutorial: WP For Beginners – An Overview Of Themes
We then showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that displays a dynamic list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a fixed homepage …
To learn more, go here: How To Make Any Page Be Your Home Page In WordPress
Now, what if you would like to use your WordPress site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static home page when arriving on your site like a traditional website, but also be able to read the most recent posts on a ‘blog’ area of your website?
Simple … just create a blog page!
With WordPress, you can create a ‘blog’ page in your website that displays new post entries to your readers with the most recent blog posts displaying at the top of the page.
Go through the tutorial below to learn how to create a ’blog’ section within your WP site that will display your latest entries.
How To Create 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 site acts as a blog, displaying the most recent content on your landing page.
Now, we want the site to look like a static web site (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ component.
To create a Blog Page then, first, you need to create a new page.
In your WP dashboard menu, select Pages > Add New …
You can name your page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Specials”, “Julie’s Blog,” etc). For simplicity’s sake, let’s just call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave the content section of this page empty. Do not type anything into the content editor section.
After adding your 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 do. We still have to specify the Blog Page as the page that will show your post.
After saving and publishing your new page, select Settings > Reading from your WP admin 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 in the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above steps …
Now, whenever visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your latest blog post entries showing on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog area on your site that will automatically display your most recent blog posts.
To learn how to set the number of blog posts to display on your blog page, see this tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Posts Displaying On Your Blog Page
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