In 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”…)
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
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 …
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 …
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”…
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…
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 …
In the Reading Settings area, make sure to configure the options as shown below:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
- Remember to click Save Changes after completing the above steps to update your settings …
Now, whenever visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your most recent blog post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your website that will automatically list your latest blog content.
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
"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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