In a previously published tutorial, we’ve covered how to create a static home page in WordPress.
If you go through that tutorial, you will see that in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a self-updating list of recently-published 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 with links to separate pages which contain the full content (e.g. “read more”…)
Note: How your blog posts display on your site can depend on the WordPress theme you use.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this tutorial: WP Themes – An Overview
We then showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that presents a changing list of recently-published blog posts, to looking more like a ‘website’ with a static home page …
To learn more, go here: How To Make Any Page Of Your Choice Become The Home Page Of Your WP Site
Now, what if you want to use your web site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static welcome page when arriving on your site like a traditional website, but also be able to read the latest articles on a ‘blog’ area within your website?
Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!
With WordPress, you can easily create a ‘blog’ area within your website that will display new post entries to your visitors with the latest content displaying at the top of the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily set up a blog page to display your latest post entries.
How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts: Step-By-Step Tutorial
As has already been explained, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your site behaves characteristically like a blog, displaying your latest entries on your main page.
Now, we want the site to perform more like a static web site (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ section.
To create a Blog Page for your website, let’s first create a new page.
In your WP admin menu, choose Pages > Add New …
You can name the page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Demo”, “Crazy Dave’s Blog,” etc). In the example below let’s just call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave this page entirely blank. Do not type anything into the content editor section.
After adding the new page title, click on Publish to create your new Blog Page…
You have now created your Blog Page, but there’s still one more step that needs to be completed. You still need to specify the Blog Page as the page that will show your blog entries.
After you have saved and published your blog page, choose Settings > Reading from the WP dashboard menu …
In the Reading Settings section, select the following options:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above steps …
Now, when your visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your latest blog post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your site that will automatically display your newest blog post items.
See this tutorial to learn how to specify the number of posts showing on your WP blog: How To Change The Number Of Entries Displaying On Your WordPress Blog
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