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 To Display Your Latest Post Entries In WordPressIn a previously published tutorial, we have covered how to turn any page on your website or blog into a static home page.

If you visit that tutorial, you will learn how by default, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a self-updating list of recently-published blog posts.

On a WordPress blog page, users can see the headlines and an excerpt of the content displayed for each post item published with links to separate post pages which contain the full item (e.g. ”click here to learn more”…)

How To Create A Blog Section In Your WordPress Site

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Note: The way your blog posts display on your site can depend to a large extent on what WordPress theme you use.

To learn more about WordPress themes, see this tutorial: WordPress For Beginners – An Introduction To Themes

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We then explained how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that presents a dynamic list of recently-published blog posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a static homepage …

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

If you would like to learn more, go here: How To Set Any Page In WordPress As The Static Home Page

Now, what if you would like 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 articles on a ‘blog’ area of your site?

Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!

With WordPress, you can easily create a ‘blog’ section in your web site that will display new post entries to visitors with the most recent post entries displaying at the top of the page.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to set up a blog page that will let your visitors read your latest entries.

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

As explained earlier, in a default WordPress installation, your website behaves characteristically like a blog, showing the latest entries dynamically (i.e. not fixed) on the main page.

In this instance, however, we want the site to look like a static web site (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ component.

To create a Blog Page then, first, you need to create a new page.

In your WP dashboard menu, choose Pages > Add New

How To Create A Blog In Your WordPress Site

You can call the blog page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Demo”, “Crazy Dave’s Blog,” etc). For the sake of simplicity, we’ll just call this page “Blog”…

How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress

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Important: Leave the content section of this page completely empty. Do not type 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 Section In WordPress

Your Blog Page has been created, but we’re not done yet. We still have to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will display your post.

After you have saved and published your blog page, go to your WordPress dashboard menu and select Settings > Reading

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

In the Reading Settings area, make sure to configure the options as shown below:

  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 after completing the above steps to update your settings …

How To Create A Blog Section In Your WP Site

Now, whenever visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your most recent blog post entries…

How To Create A Blog Section In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your website that will automatically list your latest blog content.

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To learn how to change the number of posts displayed on your WordPress blog page, see this tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Posts To Display On Your Blog

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now

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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 Set How Many Blog Posts Display On Your WP Blog PageAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent blog posts on the home page, unless you set a fixed page as a static main page.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Changing The Number Of Published Blog Items To Display On Your Blog Page

In a previously published tutorial, we’ve also explained how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published articles.

Whether you choose to make recently published content display on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you specify the number of blog posts to show on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’4’, ’12’ etc.)

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Change The Number Of Blog Post Items To Display On Your WP Blog Page

The ability to set the number of post items can display on your WordPress site has a number of practical uses.

For example, you can display only the latest single post item you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you want to promote a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly office page for announcements, etc.

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

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

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

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to change how many posts you want to show on your blog.

Specifying The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page

WordPress allows you to specify how many published posts you want to display on the blog page of your website.

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The number of posts you would like displayed is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Published Blog Post Items Showing On Your Blog Page

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

To specify the number of published blog posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your web site, choose Settings > Reading from your WP navigation menu …

Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Items Showing On Your Blog Page

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

How To Edit The Number Of Posts On Your Front Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the main page shows your latest blog posts, then edit your settings 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 entries you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished…

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Changing How Many Published Blog Post Entries Display On Your Blog

To Modify The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your latest blog posts show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 posts that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done to update your settings …

Changing The Number Of Entries To Display On Your Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see posts displayed either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Changing The Number Of Blog Post Items To Display On Your WP Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

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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 set the amount of blog posts you would like displayed on the blog page.

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