In 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”…)
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
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 …
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 …
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”…
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…
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 …
In the Reading Settings area, configure the following settings:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: find the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above to update your settings …
Now, whenever users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your latest blog post entries showing on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog section on your WP site to list your most recent blog content.
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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