How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

Learn how to create a blog page on your WordPress site that will automatically display your most recent published blog posts.

How To Create A Blog Section In Your WordPress SiteIn a previous tutorial, we’ve shown you how to turn any page on your WordPress website into a static home page.

If you read that tutorial, you will see that in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a self-updating list of recently-published posts.

On a WP blog page, visitors can see the headlines and an excerpt of the content visible for each article published with links to separate post pages where visitors can then keep access the full item (e.g. “read more”…)

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

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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: A Basic Guide To Themes

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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 fixed main page …

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

To review this article, go here: How To Set A Page You Choose As Your Website’s Home Page In WordPress

Now, what if you would like to use your site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a home page when they land on your site like a regular website, but also be able to access the latest posts on a ‘blog’ area of your site?

Easy … just create a ‘blog page’!

WordPress lets you create a ‘blog’ section within your web site that will display new post entries to your visitors with the latest articles displaying at the top of the page.

Go through the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to easily set up a blog page that will display your latest post entries.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress To Display Your Latest Posts

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 website looks more like a blog, showing your newest content on your main page.

Now, we want the website to behave like a traditional web site (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 WordPress admin menu, choose Pages > Add New

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

You can call your blog page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Specials”, “Santa’s Blog,” etc). For the sake of simplicity, let’s call this page “Blog”…

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

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Important: Leave the content section of this page empty. Do not type anything into the content editor section.

After adding your page title, click on Publish to create your Blog Page…

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

You have now created your Blog Page, but there’s still one more step to complete. We still have to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will display your blog posts.

After saving and publishing your blog page, go to the WordPress navigation menu and click on Settings > Reading

How To Create A Blog Section In WordPress

In the Reading Settings panel, make sure to configure the settings as shown below:

  1. Select A static page.
  2. In Posts page: find the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
  3. Click Save Changes after completing the above steps to update your settings …

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts

Now, whenever visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will display your latest blog post entries…

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your site to display your latest published blog post entries.

Useful Tip

See this tutorial to learn how to specify the number of entries displayed on your blog: How To Specify The Number Of Entries Displayed On Your WP Blog Page

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How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts To Display In WordPress

Learn how to set the number of published blog posts to display on your WordPress blog page.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Specifying The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Showing On Your WordPress BlogAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest post entries on the home page, unless you set a fixed page as a static home page.

Specifying The Number Of Published Blog Items Displayed On Your WordPress Blog: Tutorial

In a separate article, we also discussed how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published posts.

Regardless of your choice to have blog post entries on your front page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of blog posts to show up on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’15’ etc.)

Your site will then display blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have set, even if your WordPress site contains more blog posts than the number of posts set to display …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Setting How Many Published Blog Items Show Up On Your WordPress Blog

Having the ability to set the number of post items can display on your web site has a number of practical uses.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent entry that you have published. This can be handy for example, if you promote a different expiring offer each week, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly office page for updates and announcements, etc.

Or, you can use this feature to fill an ugly space on your blog page if your sidebar menu is too long …

How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts Showing On Your Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to set the number of posts that you want to display on your blog page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily specify the number of posts you want to show on your blog page.

How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog Page

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you choose how many blog posts you would like to have displaying on your site’s blog page.

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The number of blog posts you want displayed is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …

Tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Published Posts To Display On Your Blog

Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always increase or decrease the number of posts displayed on your blog page.

To specify the number of posts you would like to have displaying on your blog page web site, go to the WP admin menu and choose Settings > Reading

Changing The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Configure the settings in the Reading Settings page as shown below:

Modifying The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Home Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page displays your newest posts, then set your options as shown below:

  1. Front page displays: Set this to Your latest posts
  2. Blog pages show at most: X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of blog post entries that you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings…

Specifying How Many Blog Post Entries Show On Your WP Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Changing The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the home page displays a fixed page and your newest post entries show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown below:

  1. Front page displays: Set this to A static page, then select Posts page: > your Blog Page from the drop down menu
  2. Blog pages show at most: X posts X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of post items you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Published Blog Posts Showing On Your Blog Page

Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see blog post entries displayed either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Changing The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog

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help To learn how to change the length of your post excerpts, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To Use WordPress Post Excerpts And Post Previews

Congratulations! Now you know how to set the number of posts you would like to show on your WP website’s blog page.

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