How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress
In a separate tutorial, we discuss how to easily specify any page on your site as your home page.
If you go through that tutorial, you will learn how in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a changing list of recently-published blog posts.
On a WordPress blog page, your blog users can see the headlines and an excerpt of the content visible for each blog post published and links pointing to separate post pages that contain the full item (e.g. ”continue reading”…)
Note: How your blog posts display 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)
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:
We also showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that presents a changing list of recently-published blog posts, to looking more like a ‘website’ with a fixed homepage …
If you would like to review this post, go here:
Now, what if you would like to use your WordPress site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static page when arriving on your site like a traditional website, but also be able to access the latest news you have posted on a ‘blog’ area within your site?
Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!
WordPress allows you to create a ‘blog’ page in your web site that will display your new post entries to your readers with the most recent articles displaying at the top of the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily set up a ’blog’ section in your site to display your latest articles.
Step-By-Step Tutorial: Creating A Blog Page In WordPress To Display Your Latest Posts
As you are probably aware by now, in a default WordPress installation, your site behaves characteristically like a blog, showing the latest content on the main page.
Now, we want our web site to perform more like a traditional web site (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have an additional ‘blog’ page.
To create a Blog Page for your website, first, create a new page.
In your WordPress admin menu, choose Pages > Add New …
You can name the page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Updates”, “Crazy Dave’s Blog,” etc). In the example below we’ll call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave the content section of this page empty. Do not add anything into the content editor section.
After adding your page title, click on Publish to create your Blog Page…
You have now created your Blog Page, but there’s still one more step that needs to be done. 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 new blog page, choose Settings > Reading from the WP admin menu …
In the Reading Settings section, configure the following settings:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
- Remember to click Save Changes to update your settings …
Now, whenever visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your latest blog post entries showing on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your WP site to display your newest blog content.
To learn how to specify the number of blog posts displaying on your WP blog, see this tutorial:
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