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 Section In WordPressIn a previously published tutorial, we cover how to turn any page on your WordPress website or blog into a static home page.

If you read that tutorial, you will see that used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a changing 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 post published with links pointing to separate post pages where visitors can then keep read the full article (e.g. ”continue reading”…)

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

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Note: The way your blog posts appear on your site depends to a large extent on the WordPress theme you use.

To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article: WP For Newbies – An Introduction To WordPress Themes

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

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

To view this tutorial, go here: How To Set A Specific WordPress Page As A Static Home Page

Now, what if you would like to use your website 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 normal website, but also be able to read your latest articles 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 displays your new post entries to your visitors with the latest entries displayed at the top of the page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to set up a blog page that will let your visitors view your latest post entries.

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

As we have already explained, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your site acts as a blog, displaying your newest content dynamically (i.e. not static) on your home page.

In this instance, however, we want our web site to perform more like a traditional website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have an additional ‘blog’ component.

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 In WordPress

You can name your blog page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Video Page”, “Barney’s Blog,” etc). In the example below we’ll just call this page “Blog”…

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

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

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

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

You have now created your Blog Page, but there’s still one more step to complete. You still need to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will display your blog entries.

After you have saved and published your new page, choose Settings > Reading from the WP dashboard menu …

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

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

  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 …

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

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

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your website to display your latest blog content.

Useful Tip

To learn how to specify the number of blog posts showing on your blog page, see this tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Entries To Display On Your WP Blog

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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.

Setting The Number Of Posts Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page - Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest published content on the home page, unless you set a specific page as a static main page.

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

In a previously published article, we’ve also covered how to create a blog page to show your most recent published articles.

Regardless of your choice to make blog post entries on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of blog posts to display on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘9’ etc.)

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

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

Being able to set how many posts display on your web site is useful.

For example, you can display only the latest single blog post item that you have published. This is useful for example, if you want to send your readers to a different limited-time offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a weekly office page for updates and announcements, etc.

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

How To Change The Number Of Published Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog Page: Tutorial

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to set how many posts to show on your site’s blog page.

How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog

WordPress lets you specify how many blog post entries you would like displayed on your website’s blog page.

Useful Tip

How many entries you would like to display is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this number …

Changing How Many Posts Show Up On Your Blog Page: Tutorial

Note: Choose a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of items displayed.

To specify how many published blog post entries you want displayed on the blog page of your WP site, go to the WP admin menu and choose Settings > Reading

Setting The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your WP Blog Page - Tutorial

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

Changing The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Front Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the front page shows 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 blog post items that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when finished to update your settings…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Specify The Number Of Blog Post Items Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page

Editing The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the main page displays a fixed page and your newest published blog 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 blog post entries that you want showing – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when done …

Tutorial: Setting How Many Published Blog Posts Display On Your WordPress Blog

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see your newest blog posts displayed either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Post Entries Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page

Useful Tip

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

How To Use WordPress Post Excerpts And Post Previews

Congratulations! Now you know how to set the number of blog post entries you would like to show on the blog page of your WP website.

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