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 In Your WP SiteIn a previous tutorial, we cover how to create a static home page in WordPress.

If you go through that tutorial, you will learn how in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a dynamic list of recently-published blog posts.

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

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts In WordPress

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Note: The way your blog posts display on your site depends on what WordPress theme you use. To learn more about WordPress themes, see this tutorial:

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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 ‘web site’ with a fixed homepage …

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Now, what if you want to use your website as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by information on an unchanging page when they arrive on your site like a regular website, but also be able to view your most recent posts on a ‘blog’ area in your website?

Easy … just create a blog page!

WordPress lets you create a ‘blog’ area in your web site that displays your new post entries to your visitors with the most recent entries displayed at the top of the page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a blog page that will display your latest entries.

Creating A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts: Tutorial

As we have already explained, in a default WordPress installation, your site looks more like a blog, displaying your most recent blog posts on your home page.

Now, we want the 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 then, let’s first create a new page.

In your WordPress admin area, choose Pages > Add New

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts

You can name the blog page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Video Page”, “Wilma’s Blog,” etc). For this example, let’s just call this page “Blog”…

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

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

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

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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 show your blog entries.

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

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In the Reading Settings screen, make sure that you have the following settings selected:

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

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts In WordPress

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

How To Create A Blog Section In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog section on your site that will automatically display your most recent blog post entries.

WP Tip

To learn how to change the number of entries displaying on your blog page, 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.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Specify The Number Of Published Blog Items To Display On Your Blog PageAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your newest posts on the main page, unless you set a fixed page as your home page.

Specifying The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial

In another article, we’ve also explained how to create a blog page to show your most recent blog post entries.

Whether you choose to make recently published blog post entries appear on your main page or your blog page, WordPress lets you specify the number of items to show on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ‘3’, ’10’ etc.)

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

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

Being able to set how many blog post items can display on your blog page has a number of practical uses.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent blog post you have published. This is useful 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 upcoming events, set up a weekly office page for updates and announcements, etc.

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Changing How Many Entries Show Up On Your WordPress Blog Page

Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to set the number of blog posts to display on your blog page.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily change how many posts to display on your blog page.

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

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many blog posts you want listed on your blog page.

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The number of posts you want to display is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

Tutorial: Changing How Many Published Blog Posts Display On Your WP Blog

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

To specify the number of posts you want to have displaying on the blog page of your WordPress website, select Settings > Reading from the WordPress navigation menu …

How To Change How Many Posts Show Up On Your Blog - Tutorial

Configure your settings in the Reading Settings section as shown below:

Editing The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Front Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the front page shows your most recent blog posts, then set your options 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 post entries you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished…

Tutorial: How To Change How Many Blog Post Entries Show On Your Blog Page

Specifying The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the front page shows a fixed page and your newest posts display 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 post entries you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when finished …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Setting How Many Published Blog Posts Display On Your Blog

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

Changing How Many Entries Display On Your Blog - Tutorial

Tip

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 published blog posts you want displayed on the blog page.

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