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 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”…)

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your WordPress Posts

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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

(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 blog posts, to looking more like a ‘website’ with a fixed homepage …

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

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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

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

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”…

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

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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…

How To Create A Blog Section In Your WordPress Site

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 …

How To Create A Blog In Your WP Site

In the Reading Settings section, configure the following settings:

  1. Select A static page.
  2. In Posts page: locate the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
  3. Remember to click Save Changes to update your settings …

How To Create A Blog In Your WordPress Site

Now, whenever visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your latest blog post entries showing on your site…

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your WP site to display your newest blog content.

WordPress Tip

To learn how to specify the number of blog 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.

Setting How Many Blog Post Entries Show On Your Blog Page: TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest blog posts on the main page, unless you fix a page as a home page.

Changing How Many Published Blog Posts Display On Your WordPress Blog Page: Tutorial

In a previously published article, we also show you how to create a blog page to show your latest published articles.

Regardless of your choice to make blog posts on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of blog post entries to show up on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’15’ etc.)

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

Specifying How Many Blog Posts Display On Your WordPress Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Being able to set how many post items can display on your site can be useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest post you have published. This can be handy for example, if you want to send your readers to a different time-sensitive offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly community page for announcements, etc.

You can also use this feature to fill an ugly space on your blog if your sidebar menu is too long …

How To Set The Number Of Published Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog - Tutorial

Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to specify the number of blog posts that will show on main blog page.

Let’s show you, then, how to set how many blog post entries to display on your blog page.

Changing The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your Blog

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

Useful Tip

The number of posts you want to display is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …

How To Set How Many Posts Display On Your WP Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Note: Choose a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the amount of items displayed.

To specify how many posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your WordPress web site, click on Settings > Reading from the WordPress dashboard menu …

Specifying The Number Of Published Blog Items Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Editing The Number Of Posts Showing On The Main Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your latest post entries, 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 post entries that you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings…

Setting The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page: Tutorial

How To Specify The Number Of Posts On Your Blog Page

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

Tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Blog Post Items Displayed On Your WP Blog

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

How To Change The Number Of Blog Post Entries Showing On Your Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

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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 change the amount of blog post entries you would like listed on the blog page.

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