How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress
In another article, we cover how to create a WordPress home page.
If you read that tutorial, you will learn that by default, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a dynamic list of recently-published blog posts.
On a WP blog page, your site visitors can see the headlines and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each entry published and links to separate pages where visitors can then keep access the full article (e.g. ”continue reading”…)
Note: The way your blog posts display on your site can depend on what 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 tutorial:
We also explained 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 home page …
To review this tutorial, 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 a static page when arriving on your site like a traditional website, but also be able to access the latest news you have written on a ‘blog’ section within your website?
Simple … just create a blog page!
WordPress lets you easily create a ‘blog’ page in your website that displays new post entries to readers with the latest post entries displayed at the top of the page.
Let’s show you, then, how to easily set up a ’blog’ section within your WordPress site to display your latest articles.
Creating A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts: Step-By-Step Tutorial
As you are probably aware by now, in a default WordPress installation, your website behaves characteristically like a blog, showing your latest entries on your landing page.
Now, we want the web site to look more like a static web site (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 dashboard, select Pages > Add New …
You can call your page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Video Page”, “Fred’s Blog,” etc). For simplicity’s sake, we’ll just call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave this page entirely blank. Do not add anything into the content editor section.
After adding your new page title, click on Publish to create the Blog Page…
You have now created your Blog Page, but we’re not quite done yet. We still have to specify the Blog Page as the page that will show your post.
After you have saved and published your new blog page, go to the WordPress navigation menu and select Settings > Reading …
In the Reading Settings area, 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.
- Remember to click Save Changes to update your settings …
Now, when your visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your most recent blog post entries displayed 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 post items.
To learn how to change the number of entries to display on your blog page, see this tutorial:
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