How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress
In a separate article, we address how to create a WordPress home page.
If you go through that tutorial, you will see how by default, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a changing list of recently-published posts.
On a WP blog page, your site visitors can see the post titles and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each post published with links to separate pages that contain the full content (e.g. ”continue reading”…)
Note: How your blog posts display on your site depends on the WordPress theme you use.
Also, many e-commerce themes display your shop on the home page and provide a separate built-in blog section. For example, here is the theme options page of a best-selling WordPress e-commerce theme called Avada …
(Avada theme includes a built-in blog section)
As you can see, the Avada WordPress theme already comes with a built-in blog section, so there’s no need to create a separate blog page.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article:
We also showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that presents a dynamic list of recently-published blog posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a fixed homepage …
To learn more, go here:
Now, what if you want to use your WordPress site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by information on an unchanging page when landing on your site like a regular website, but also be able to access the latest posts on a ‘blog’ section in your site?
Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!
WordPress allows you to create a ‘blog’ section within your web site that will display your new post entries to your readers with the latest entries displayed at the top of the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily set up a ’blog’ section on your WP site to display your latest entries.
Creating A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts: Tutorial
As has already been explained, in a default WordPress installation, your site acts as a blog, showing your newest articles on the home page.
In this instance, however, we want the web site to perform more like a static website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ page.
To create a Blog Page for your site, first, create a new page.
In your WordPress dashboard, choose Pages > Add New …
You can name your page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Downloads”, “Jill’s Blog,” etc). In the example below let’s just call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave the content section of this page completely empty. Do not add anything into the content editor section.
After adding your new page title, publish your new page to create the Blog Page…
Your Blog Page has been created, but there’s still one more step that needs to be done. You still need to specify the Blog Page as the page that will show your post.
After saving and publishing your new page, select Settings > Reading from the WP navigation menu …
In the Reading Settings screen, make sure to configure the options as shown below:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes to update your settings …
Now, when visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will display your most recent blog post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your WP site to list your latest blog post items.
See this tutorial to learn how to change the number of blog posts to display on your blog:
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