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 In WordPress

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts In WordPressIn a separate tutorial, we cover how to easily create a static WP home page.

If you visit that tutorial, you will learn that in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a dynamic list of recently-published posts.

On a blog page, your site visitors can see the post titles and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each item published and links pointing to separate pages where visitors can then continue reading the full content (e.g. ”click here to learn more”…)

How To Create A Blog Section In WordPress

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Note: How your blog posts display on your site can depend 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

(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:

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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 ‘website’ with a fixed main page …

How To Create A Blog Section In WordPress

Go here to learn more:

Now, what if you want to use your site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static page when arriving on your site like a normal website, but also be able to access the latest news you have written on a ‘blog’ area within your website?

Easy … just create a ‘blog page’!

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

Complete the tutorial below to learn how to easily create a ’blog’ section in your WordPress site to display your latest blog posts.

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

As you are probably aware by now, in a default WordPress installation, your site behaves characteristically like a blog, showing your newest articles dynamically (i.e. not static) on the welcome page.

Now, we want the web site to perform like a static website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have an additional ‘blog’ page.

To create a Blog Page for your site, first, create a new page.

In your WordPress admin menu, select Pages > Add New

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

You can call the page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Demo”, “My Blog,” etc). For the sake of simplicity, let’s just call this page “Blog”…

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

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Important: Leave this page completely blank. Do not type anything into the content editor section.

After adding your page title, publish your new page to create the Blog Page…

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

Your Blog Page is now created, but there’s still one more step that needs to be completed. We still need to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will show your post.

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

How To Create A Blog Section In WordPress

In the Reading Settings screen, make sure to configure the options as shown below:

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

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

Now, when your visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your latest post entries…

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog area on your site that will automatically list your most recently published blog post entries.

Useful Tip

To learn how to change the number of posts showing on your WP blog, see this tutorial:

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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 …

Changing How Many Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WP Blog Page: TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent posts on the main page, unless you specify a page as your front page.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Setting The Number Of Published Blog Posts Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page

In a separate tutorial, we have also addressed how to create a WordPress blog page to display your latest post.

Regardless of your choice to have your most recently published post entries show up on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of blog post entries to appear on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’7’, ‘9’ etc.)

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Specifying The Number Of Entries Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page

The ability to set how many blog posts display on your blog page can be very useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest post item you have published. This can be handy, if, for example, you are promoting a different time-sensitive offer each week, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a quarterly corporate page for announcements, etc.

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Setting The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries To Display On Your Blog

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to change the number of posts to display on your blog.

How To Specify The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

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

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Setting The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Showing On Your WP Blog

Note: We recommend that you choose a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of posts displayed.

To set the number of published blog posts you want to have displaying on your blog page site, select Settings > Reading from your WordPress navigation menu …

Tutorial - Setting How Many Published Blog Posts Show On Your Blog Page

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

Changing The Number Of Posts On Your Main Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page displays your newest posts, then edit your settings 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 items that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your WP Blog

How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your newest blog posts display 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 blog post entries that you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings …

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

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

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

Useful Tip

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to change the number of published blog posts you want listed on the blog page of your WP web site.

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