How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress
In 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”…)
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)
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 posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a static main page …
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 …
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”…
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…
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 …
In the Reading Settings area, make sure to configure the settings as shown below:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: find the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above steps …
Now, whenever users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will see your most recent post entries displayed on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog area on your site that will automatically display your latest published blog posts.
To learn how to change the number of posts displaying on your WP blog, see this tutorial:
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