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 WordPressIn a previously published article, we discussed how to turn any page on your site into a static home page.

If you go through that tutorial, you will learn how used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a changing list of recently-published blog posts.

On a blog page, users can see the post titles and first paragraph or two of the content visible for each post item published and links to separate pages where visitors can then continue reading the full article (e.g. ”click here to read the full article”…)

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

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Note: How your blog posts display on your site depends on the WordPress theme you use.

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

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We then showed you 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 …

How To Create A Blog In Your WP Site

Go here to learn more: How To Make A Specific WordPress Page Be The Home Page

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 welcome page when landing on your site like a normal website, but also be able to view the most recent news you have written on a ‘blog’ section in your website?

Easy … just create a blog page!

With WordPress, you can create a ‘blog’ section within your web site that displays new posts to your visitors with the latest entries displaying at the top of the page.

Go through the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to easily create a ’blog’ section within your WP site that will display your latest content.

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

As you are probably aware by now, in a default WordPress installation, your site behaves characteristically like a blog, displaying the newest blog posts dynamically (i.e. not fixed) on the welcome page.

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

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

In your WP dashboard, select Pages > Add New

How To Create A Blog In Your WordPress Site

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

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

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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 the page title, publish your new page to create your Blog Page…

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

You have now created your Blog Page, but there’s still one more step that needs to be done. You still need to specify the Blog Page as the page that will display your blog posts.

After saving and publishing your new blog page, go to the WordPress admin menu and click on Settings > Reading

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

In the Reading Settings area, configure the following settings:

  1. Select A static page.
  2. In Posts page: find the page you have just created in 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 users 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 To Display Your Latest Posts In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog section on your WP site to list your most recent blog content.

WP Tip

See this tutorial to learn how to set the number of entries displayed on your blog page: How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

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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 Posts Display On Your Blog Page - TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your newest post entries on the main page, unless you specify a page as a front page.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Change How Many Published Blog Items Show On Your WP Blog

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

Regardless of your choice to make blog post entries on your main page or your blog page, WordPress lets you set a specific number of blog post entries to appear on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’6’, ’12’ etc.)

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Changing The Number Of Blog Posts Showing On Your WP Blog Page

Being able to set the number of post items display on your WordPress site has a number of uses.

For example, you can display only the latest single post item that you have published. This is handy for example, if 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 monthly social page for 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 …

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

Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to change the number of posts that will display on main blog page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to change how many posts to display on your WordPress blog.

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

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many published blog posts you would like listed on the blog page of your website.

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

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Note: Choose a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of posts displayed.

To set how many published posts you would like listed on your blog page website, go to your WordPress admin menu and choose Settings > Reading

How To Change How Many Published Blog Posts Show On Your Blog: Tutorial

Configure the options in the Reading Settings panel as per the screenshot below:

How To Modify The Number Of Posts On The Home Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the home page shows your latest 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 items that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done…

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

Modifying The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the front page is a fixed page and your most recent post entries 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 posts you want showing – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished …

Tutorial - Specifying How Many Blog Post Entries Show On Your Blog

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

Changing The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Useful Tip

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

How To Use WordPress Post Excerpts And Post Previews

Congratulations! Now you know how to change the number of published blog post entries you would like to have displaying on your site’s blog page.

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