How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress
In a previously published article, we discuss how to create a static home page in WordPress.
If you visit that tutorial, you will see that used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a changing list of recently-published blog posts.
On a blog page, your blog readers can see the post titles and an excerpt of the content displayed for each entry published and links pointing to separate post pages that contain the full item (e.g. ”click here to continue reading”…)
Note: How your blog posts display on your site depends to a large extent on what WordPress theme you use.
Also, many e-commerce themes display your shop on the home page and provide a separate built-in blog section. For example, here is the theme options page of a best-selling WordPress e-commerce theme called Avada …
(Avada theme includes a built-in blog section)
As you can see, the Avada WordPress theme already comes with a built-in blog section, so there’s no need to create a separate blog page.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article:
We also explained how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that displays a changing list of recently-published blog posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a fixed home page …
Go here to review this post:
Now, what if you would like to use your website as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a welcome page when they land on your site like a traditional website, but also be able to read the most recent news you have written on a ‘blog’ area of your site?
Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!
WordPress lets you easily create a ‘blog’ section in your web site that will display your new post entries to your visitors with the latest entries showing at the top of the page.
Complete the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to easily create a ’blog’ section within your site to display your latest content.
Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress To Display Your Latest Blog Posts
As we’ve already 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, showing the most recent post entries on your welcome page.
Now, we want the website to look like a traditional web site (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ section.
To create a Blog Page for your website, 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 Site”, “Finance Blog,” etc). In the example below let’s just call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave this page entirely blank. Do not add 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 we’re not done yet. You still have to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will show your blog entries.
After you have saved and published your blog page, select Settings > Reading from your WP navigation menu …
In the Reading Settings area, make sure to configure the options as shown below:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Remember to click Save Changes after completing the above steps …
Now, whenever your visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your most recent post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog area on your website that will automatically display your most recent blog content.
See this tutorial to learn how to set the number of posts showing on your blog page:
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