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 In WordPressIn a previously published post, we have covered how to turn any page on your WP site into a static home page.

If you go through that tutorial, you will see that by default, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a changing list of recently-published blog posts.

On a blog page, users can see the headlines and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each blog post published with links pointing to separate pages that contain the full article (e.g. ”click here to read the full article”…)

How To Create A Blog Section In Your WP Site

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Note: How your blog posts appear on your site depends to a large extent on the 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 tutorial:

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We also showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that presents a changing list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a static main page …

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

If you would like to learn more, go here:

Now, what if you want to use your web site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by information on an unchanging page when landing on your site like a regular website, but also be able to access your most recent blog 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 posts to your readers with the most recent entries showing at the top of the page.

Complete the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to easily create a ’blog’ section on your site to display your latest entries.

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

As explained earlier, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your website acts as a blog, showing your most recent blog posts on your welcome page.

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

To create a Blog Page then, first, you need to create a new page.

In your WP admin area, choose Pages > Add New

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your WordPress Posts

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

How To Create A Blog Section In Your WP Site

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

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

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

Your Blog Page has now been created, but there’s still one more step to complete. We still need to specify the Blog Page as the page that will show your blog posts.

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

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your WordPress Posts

In the Reading Settings area, 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 from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click Save Changes after completing the above steps …

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your WordPress Posts

Now, whenever users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will see your most recent post entries displayed on your site…

How To Create A Blog In Your WordPress Site

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog area on your site that will automatically display your latest published blog posts.

Useful Tip

To learn how to change the number of posts displaying 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.

How To Change How Many Published Blog Post Entries Display On Your WordPress Blog - TutorialAs we’ve discussed in other posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent blog posts on the main page, unless you set a specific page as a static home page.

Changing The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog - Tutorial

In a separate article, we have also explained how to create a blog page to show your most recent published content.

Whether you choose to make blog post entries on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of posts to display on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’4’, ’12’ etc.)

Your WordPress website will then display blog post entries 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 you have set to display …

Tutorial: How To Set How Many Published Blog Items Show On Your WP Blog

Having the ability to specify how many entries display on your web site can be very useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest single post you have published. This can be useful for example, if you want to promote a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a quarterly community page for announcements, etc.

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

Specifying The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your Blog: Tutorial

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

Let’s show you, then, how to easily change how many blog posts to show up on your WordPress blog.

Changing The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog Page

WordPress lets you choose how many published blog posts you would like to have displaying on your site’s blog page.

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How many posts you want displayed is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Setting The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your WP Blog

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 amount of items displayed on your blog page.

To specify the number of posts you want to display on the blog page web site, go to the WP dashboard menu and select Settings > Reading

Changing How Many Posts Show Up On Your WordPress Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Specifying The Number Of Posts On Your Main Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the main page shows your latest published content, then edit your settings as described 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 posts that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished…

Tutorial: Changing How Many Blog Post Items Display On Your Blog Page

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

If you are using your site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your most recent published posts show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings as described 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 that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when done to update your settings …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Blog Post Items Displayed On Your Blog

Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see recently published content showing either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Tutorial: Specifying How Many Published Blog Post Entries Display On Your Blog

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to set the number of published blog post entries you want displayed on the blog page of your WordPress web site.

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