In a previous article, we show you how to create a static WP home page.
If you visit that tutorial, you will learn how by default, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and shows a dynamic list of recently-published posts.
On a blog page, your site visitors can see the post titles and an excerpt of the content visible for each post item published and links pointing to separate post pages where visitors can then keep read the full item (e.g. ”continue reading”…)
Note: How your blog posts appear on your site can depend 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 main page …
To learn more, go here:
Now, what if you would like to use your web 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 read the most recent news you have written on a ‘blog’ section of your website?
Simple … just create a ‘blog page’!
With WordPress, you can create a ‘blog’ area in your website that will display your new post entries to readers with the latest content displayed at the top of the page.
Let’s show you, then, how to easily create a ’blog’ section within your WordPress site that will let your visitors read your latest articles.
How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts: Step-By-Step Tutorial
As has already been explained, in a default WordPress installation, your site looks more like a blog, showing your most recent entries dynamically (i.e. not fixed) on the welcome page.
In this situation, however, we want our site to perform like a static website (i.e. with a ‘fixed’ home page) but also have an additional ‘blog’ component.
To create a Blog Page then, let’s first create a new page.
In your WP dashboard menu, select Pages > Add New …
You can name the blog page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “News”, “Travel Blog,” etc). In the example below let’s just call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave the content section of this page empty. Do not type anything into the content editor section.
After adding the new page title, publish your new page to create your new Blog Page…
You have now created your Blog Page, but there’s still one more step that needs to be completed. We still have to specify the Blog Page as the page that will display your blog entries.
After you have saved and published your new page, click on Settings > Reading from the WordPress navigation menu …
In the Reading Settings area, make sure to configure the settings as shown below:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: locate the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Remember to click Save Changes to update your settings …
Now, whenever users click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, they will see your most recent blog post entries displayed on your site…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a separate blog section on your WordPress site that will automatically display your most recently published entries.
To learn how to change the number of posts displaying on your WordPress blog, see this tutorial:
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