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 Page To Display Your Latest Blog Post Entries In WordPressIn another post, we’ve covered how to create a static home page in WordPress.

If you read that tutorial, you will see that used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a dynamic list of recently-published posts.

On a WordPress blog page, your blog readers can see the post titles and an excerpt of the content displayed for each entry published and links to separate post pages where your visitors can then continue see the full article (e.g. ”continue reading”…)

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

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Note: How your blog posts display on your site depends on the WordPress theme you use.

To learn more about WordPress themes, see this tutorial: WordPress Themes – An Introduction

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We then showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that displays a dynamic list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a ‘website’ with a fixed homepage …

How To Create A Blog Section In WordPress

To learn more, go here: How To Make A WordPress Page Your Home Page

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 page when arriving on your site like a regular website, but also be able to view your most recent posts on a ‘blog’ section in your site?

Easy … just create a ‘blog page’!

With WordPress, you can create a ‘blog’ page in your web site that will display new post entries to readers with the latest content displayed at the top of the page.

Go through the tutorial below to learn how to create a blog page that will let your visitors read your latest blog posts.

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

As we have already explained, in a default WordPress installation, your site looks more like a blog, showing your latest post entries dynamically (i.e. not fixed) on your home page.

Now, we want the site to behave like a traditional web site (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ section.

To create a Blog Page then, let’s first create a new page.

In your WP admin menu, choose Pages > Add New

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

You can name the page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Downloads”, “My Blog,” etc). For our example, we’ll call this page “Blog”…

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Post Entries 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 new page title, click on Publish to create your new Blog Page…

How To Create A Blog In Your WP Site

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

After you have saved and published your new page, go to your WordPress navigation menu and select Settings > Reading

How To Create A Blog In Your WP Site

In the Reading Settings area, make sure that you have the following settings selected:

  1. Select A static page.
  2. In Posts page: select the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
  3. Remember to click Save Changes to update your settings …

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Post Entries In WordPress

Now, when users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your latest post entries showing on your site…

How To Create A Blog Section In Your WordPress Site

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog area on your WordPress site to display your most recent blog post items.

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See this tutorial to learn how to set the number of blog posts showing on your WordPress blog: How To Set The Number Of Posts Showing On Your WordPress 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.

Specifying The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog - Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your newest published posts on the home page, unless you specify a page as a static front page.

Specifying How Many Published Blog Posts Display On Your WP Blog - Tutorial

In a previous article, we also discussed how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest published articles.

Whether you choose to make blog post entries on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of items to show up on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ’5’, ’10’ etc.)

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

Tutorial - How To Specify The Number Of Published Blog Post Items To Display On Your WP Blog

Being able to set the number of post items can display on your blog page is useful.

For example, you can display only the latest single entry you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you promote a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a weekly team page for announcements, etc.

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Change How Many Published Posts Show Up On Your WP Blog Page

Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of posts to show on main blog page.

Let’s show you, then, how to set the number of posts to show on your site’s blog page.

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

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to specify how many published blog posts you want to show on your blog page.

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How many entries you want to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

Tutorial - How To Change How Many Blog Post Entries Show Up On Your WordPress Blog Page

Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of items displayed on your blog page.

To set how many published posts you want to display on the blog page of your WP website, go to the WordPress admin menu and click on Settings > Reading

How To Specify How Many Published Blog Post Entries Display On Your WP Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Configure the options in the Reading Settings section as per the screenshot below:

How To Change The Number Of Posts On Your Front Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page shows 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 post entries you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done…

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

Changing The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your latest published posts show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 blog post entries you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished …

How To Specify The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your WP Blog: Tutorial

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog posts showing either on your main page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Change How Many Published Blog Posts Show Up On Your Blog Page

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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 change the number of published posts you want to have showing on the blog page of your WordPress website.

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