In a previous post, we discuss how to create a WP home page.
If you read that tutorial, you will see how used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a self-updating list of recently-published blog posts.
On a blog page, your blog users can see the post titles and an excerpt of the content visible for each item published and links pointing to separate post pages that contain the full article (e.g. “read more”…)
Note: How your blog posts appear on your site depends to a large extent on the WordPress theme you use. To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article:
We then showed you 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 ‘website’ with a fixed homepage …
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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 they arrive on your site like a traditional website, but also be able to read your latest news you have published on a ‘blog’ section within your website?
Easy … just create a ‘blog page’!
WordPress lets you create a ‘blog’ section in your website that displays new post entries to your readers with the latest blog posts displayed at the top of the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a ’blog’ section within your site that will let your visitors read your latest post entries.
Creating A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts: Step-By-Step Tutorial
As you are probably aware by now, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your website acts as a blog, displaying the latest blog posts dynamically (i.e. not static) on the home page.
In this instance, however, we want the web site to perform like a traditional website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have a ‘blog’ section.
To create a Blog Page then, first, create a new page.
In your WP admin area, select Pages > Add New …
You can name your page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Demo”, “Finance Blog,” etc). For simplicity’s sake, we’ll call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave this page entirely blank. Do not add anything into the content editor section.
After adding your page title, publish your new page to create your Blog Page…
You have now created your Blog Page, but we’re still not quite done yet. We still need to specify the Blog Page as the page that will display your blog posts.
After saving and publishing your new page, select Settings > Reading from your WordPress navigation menu …
In the Reading Settings area, select the following options:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created in the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes to update your settings …
Now, when users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will view your latest post entries showing on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog area on your website that will automatically list your most recent blog post items.
See this tutorial to learn how to change the number of blog posts displayed on your WordPress blog page:
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