In a separate article, we show you how to easily create a WordPress home page.
If you visit that tutorial, you will learn that in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a self-updating list of recently-published blog posts.
On a blog page, visitors can see the headlines and an excerpt of the content displayed for each blog post published with links pointing to separate post pages that 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: Themes – An Introduction
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 ‘web site’ with a static home page …
To view this tutorial, go here: How To Show Any Page As Your Website’s Home Page In WordPress
Now, what if you want to use your site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static home page when landing on your site like a regular website, but also be able to view your most recent blog post entries on a ‘blog’ area of your site?
Simple … just create a blog page!
With WordPress, you can create a ‘blog’ area in your website that displays your new posts to readers with the latest post entries showing at the top of the page.
Let’s show you, then, how to easily set up a blog page that will display your latest content.
Tutorial: How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts
As you are probably aware by now, in a default WordPress installation, your website behaves characteristically like a blog, showing the newest post entries dynamically (i.e. not static) on the main page.
In this instance, however, we want our website to perform like a static website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have an additional ‘blog’ section.
To create a Blog Page then, first, you need to create a new page.
In your WP admin menu, choose Pages > Add New …
You can name your blog page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Specials”, “Crazy Dave’s Blog,” etc). For simplicity’s sake, let’s call this page “Blog”…
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 the Blog Page…
Your Blog Page is now created, but we’re still not done yet. You still have to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will display your blog entries.
After you have saved and published your new blog page, select Settings > Reading from the WP navigation menu …
In the Reading Settings panel, 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.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above …
Now, whenever users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will display your most recent blog post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog section on your site to display your most recently published blog post entries.
See this tutorial to learn how to specify the number of posts to display on your WordPress blog: How To Specify The Number Of Posts To Display On Your Blog
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