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 article, we address how to easily create a static WP home page.

If you read that tutorial, you will see how in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a dynamic list of recently-published blog posts.

On a WordPress blog page, your blog readers can see the post titles and an excerpt of the content visible for each item published and links to separate pages where visitors can then keep read the full content (e.g. ”click here to read the full article”…)

How To Create A Blog 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.

To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article: Themes – An Overview

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

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

Go here to learn more: How To Set A Page In WordPress As The Static Home Page

Now, what if you want to use your WordPress site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static welcome page when they arrive on your site like a regular website, but also be able to access the most recent articles on a ‘blog’ section within your website?

Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!

With WordPress, you can easily create a ‘blog’ area within your web site that will display new post entries to readers with the latest entries displayed at the top of the page.

Let’s show you, then, how to set up a blog page that will display your latest articles.

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

As explained earlier, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your site behaves characteristically like a blog, displaying the most recent entries on your welcome page.

Now, we want our site to look more like a static website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ page.

To create a Blog Page for your site, first, you need to create a new page.

In your WordPress dashboard menu, select Pages > Add New

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

You can name your blog page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Updates”, “Barney’s Blog,” etc). For this example, we’ll call this page “Blog”…

How To Create A Blog In Your WP Site

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

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

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your WordPress Posts

You have now created your Blog Page, but we’re still not quite done yet. 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 blog page, choose Settings > Reading from your WP navigation menu …

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

In the Reading Settings section, select the following options:

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

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

Now, when users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your latest post entries…

How To Create A Blog In Your WordPress Site

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog area on your website to display your latest published blog posts.

WordPress Tip

See this tutorial to learn how to change the number of blog posts to display on your blog page: How To Change The Number Of Entries Displayed On Your 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.

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Specifying How Many Published Blog Items Show Up On Your WP Blog Page: Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your newest post entries on the main page, unless you fix a page as your home page.

Tutorial: How To Specify The Number Of Published Blog Post Items Showing On Your Blog Page

In a previous tutorial, we’ve also addressed how to create a blog page to display your most recent published posts.

Regardless of your choice to make blog posts on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you specify the number of items to show on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’7’, ’15’ etc.)

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

Tutorial - How To Change The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog Page

The ability to specify the number of blog posts will display on your site is useful.

For example, you can display only the latest single post item you have published. This is handy for example, if you are promoting a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a weekly office page for updates and announcements, etc.

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

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

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

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to change how many posts to show up on your blog page.

Setting The Number Of Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog Page

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to specify how many published blog post entries you would like displayed on the blog page.

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How many posts you would like displayed is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …

Tutorial - Setting The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog

Note: We recommend selecting 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 posts displayed on your blog page.

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

How To Change The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your WP Blog Page - Tutorial

Configure your options in the Reading Settings page as shown below:

How To Specify The Number Of Posts On The Main Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page displays your most recent blog posts, then set your options 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 you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Specifying The Number Of Blog Post Items To Display On Your Blog

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

If you are using your site as a website, where the front page shows a fixed page and your most recent posts show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown 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 posts that you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished …

How To Change How Many Published Posts Show On Your Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see blog post entries showing either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Tutorial - How To Specify How Many Blog Post Entries Show Up On Your WP Blog Page

Useful Tip

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

redarrow How To Use WordPress Post Excerpts And Post Previews

Congratulations! Now you know how to change the number of blog posts you want listed on your website’s blog page.

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