In 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”…)
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
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 …
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 …
You can name the page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Downloads”, “My Blog,” etc). For our example, we’ll call this page “Blog”…
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…
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 …
In the Reading Settings area, make sure that you have the following settings selected:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: select the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
- Remember to click Save Changes to update your settings …
Now, when users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your latest post entries showing on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog area on your WordPress site to display your most recent blog post items.
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
"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now
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