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 In WordPress

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts In WordPressIn another tutorial, we cover how to easily specify any page on your site as your home page.

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

On a blog page, your site visitors can see the headlines and an excerpt of the content displayed for each entry published and links pointing to separate post pages which contain the full content (e.g. ”click here to continue reading”…)

How To Create A Blog Section In Your WP Site

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

Also, many e-commerce themes display your shop on the home page and provide a separate built-in blog section. For example, here is  the theme options page of a best-selling  WordPress e-commerce theme called Avada …

Avada theme includes a built-in blog section

(Avada theme includes a built-in blog section)

As you can see, the Avada WordPress theme already comes with a built-in blog section, so there’s no need to create a separate blog page.

To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article:

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We also showed you how to change your site from looking like a ‘blog’ that displays a changing list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a ‘web site’ with a fixed homepage …

How To Create A Blog Section In WordPress

Go here to view this tutorial:

Now, what if you would like to use your website as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static page when landing on your site like a regular website, but also be able to access your latest posts on a ‘blog’ section in your site?

Easy … just create a blog page!

WordPress allows you to create a ‘blog’ page in your web site that displays new posts to visitors with the most recent articles displayed at the top of the page.

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

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

As we have already explained, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your site looks more like a blog, showing the newest post entries on the home page.

Now, we want our web site to perform more like a traditional web site (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ section.

To create a Blog Page for your website, first, create a new page.

In your WordPress dashboard menu, choose Pages > Add New

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

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

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

Important

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

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

How To Create A Blog In WordPress

You have now created your Blog Page, but there’s still one more step to complete. We still have to specify the Blog Page as the page that will display your post.

After saving and publishing your new blog page, go to your WP dashboard menu and click on Settings > Reading

How To Create A Blog In Your WP Site

In the Reading Settings screen, configure the following options:

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

How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your WordPress Posts

Now, whenever your visitors 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 Section In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog section on your website that will automatically display your latest entries.

Tip

See this tutorial to learn how to change the number of entries to display 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 …

Tutorial: How To Set How Many Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WordPress BlogAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your newest post entries on the main page, unless you fix a page as a home page.

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

In another article, we have also shown you how to create a blog page to show your latest blog posts.

Whether you choose to make present blog posts on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you specify the number of published blog post entries to display on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ’6’, ’10’ etc.)

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

How To Set How Many Published Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WP Blog Page - Tutorial

The ability to specify how many blog posts can display on your blog page can be useful.

For example, you can display only the most recent post item that you have published. This can be handy, if, for example, you promote a different time-sensitive offer each week, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a weekly team page for updates and announcements, etc.

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

Tutorial - Setting How Many Published Posts 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 set the number of blog posts to show on your WordPress blog.

How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you choose how many blog posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your site.

Useful Tip

The number of entries you want displayed is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Change The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog

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

To specify the number of published blog posts you want to display on the blog page of your site, choose Settings > Reading from the WordPress dashboard menu …

How To Specify How Many Posts Show Up On Your WP Blog: Tutorial

Configure your settings in the Reading Settings section as per the screenshot below:

How To Modify The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Main Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your most recent 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 entries you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Change How Many Blog Post Entries Display On Your Blog

Specifying The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the main page shows a fixed page and your newest posts show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as described 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 items you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when finished …

How To Set How Many Entries Show Up On Your WordPress Blog Page - Tutorial

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

How To Change How Many Published Blog Post Items Display On Your WordPress Blog Page: Tutorial

Useful Tip

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to set the amount of blog post entries you would like to have displaying on the blog page of your site.

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