In another article, we show you how to easily create a static home page in WordPress.
If you visit that tutorial, you will learn how in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a changing list of recently-published posts.
On a WordPress blog page, users can see the headlines and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each entry published with links to separate post pages where visitors can then continue reading the full article (e.g. ”click here to learn more”…)
Note: How your blog posts appear on your site depends on what WordPress theme you use.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this tutorial: Understanding Themes
We then explained 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 static homepage …
To review this article, go here: How To Set Any Page In WordPress As A Static Home Page
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 welcome page when landing on your site like a normal website, but also be able to read the latest news you have published on a ‘blog’ area within your site?
Easy … just create a blog page!
With WordPress, you can create a ‘blog’ area in your website that displays your new post entries to your visitors with the most recent blog posts showing at the top of the page.
Go through the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to create a blog page that will let your visitors access your latest entries.
How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts: Step-By-Step Tutorial
As explained earlier, in a default WordPress installation, your website looks more like a blog, showing your most recent articles on the main page.
In this instance, however, we want the website to perform like a traditional web site (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ component.
To create a Blog Page then, let’s first create a new page.
In your WP admin menu, choose Pages > Add New …
You can call your blog page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Demo Site”, “My Blog,” etc). In the example below let’s call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave this page completely blank. Do not type anything into the content editor section.
After adding the new page title, publish your new page to create the Blog Page…
You have now created your Blog Page, but we’re still not quite done yet. We still have to specify the Blog Page as the page that will display your blog entries.
After you have saved and published your blog page, choose Settings > Reading from the WordPress admin menu …
In the Reading Settings section, select the following options:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above …
Now, whenever users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will display your latest blog post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog section on your website to display your most recently published blog post entries.
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 To Display On Your WP Blog
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