In a previously published article, we’ve addressed how to easily create a static home page in WordPress.
If you read that tutorial, you will learn that in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a dynamic list of recently-published blog posts.
On a blog page, users can see the post titles and first paragraph or two of the content visible for each article published and links to separate post pages that contain the full content (e.g. “read more”…)
Note: The way your blog posts appear on your site depends on the WordPress theme you use.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article: A Basic Guide To Understanding WP Themes
We then explained how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that presents a changing list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a ‘website’ with a fixed main page …
Go here to review this article: How To Display A WordPress Page You Select As The Home Page Of Your Site
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 normal website, but also be able to read the latest articles on a ‘blog’ area in your website?
Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!
With WordPress, you can easily create a ‘blog’ page in your website that will display your new post entries to your visitors with the latest content showing at the top of the page.
Complete the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to easily set up a blog page that will let your visitors access your latest content.
Step-By-Step Tutorial: Creating A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts
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 website behaves characteristically like a blog, showing your newest articles on your home page.
In this instance, however, we want the web site to look more like a traditional website (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, choose Pages > Add New …
You can name your page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Downloads”, “Health Blog,” etc). For the sake of simplicity, 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, click on Publish to create your Blog Page…
You have now created your Blog Page, but we’re not quite done yet. You still need to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will display your blog entries.
After you have saved and published your new blog page, choose Settings > Reading from the WordPress admin menu …
In the Reading Settings panel, make sure to configure the settings as shown below:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
- Remember to click Save Changes after completing the above steps to update your settings …
Now, when users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will display your most recent post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog section on your WP site to display your latest blog content.
See this tutorial to learn how to set the number of entries displayed on your blog: How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts Displaying On Your WordPress Blog Page
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