How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress
In a previous article, we address how to easily set any page on your website as your home page.
If you read that tutorial, you will see how in a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a dynamic list of recently-published posts.
On a blog page, users can see the headlines and an excerpt of the content visible for each post item published with links pointing to separate post pages where your visitors can then keep access the full content (e.g. ”click here to learn more”…)
Note: How your blog posts display on your site can depend 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)
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:
We also explained 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 ‘website’ with a fixed homepage …
To view this post, go here:
Now, what if you want to use your website as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by information on an unchanging page when landing on your site like a traditional website, but also be able to read the latest blog post entries on a ‘blog’ section in your site?
Easy … just create a blog page!
With WordPress, you can create a ‘blog’ area in your web site that will display your new posts to readers with the latest content displayed at the top of the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to create a blog page to display your latest blog posts.
How To Create A Blog Page 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 acts as a blog, displaying the latest content dynamically (i.e. not static) on your landing page.
Now, we want the site to look more like a traditional web site (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 admin menu, choose Pages > Add New …
You can name this page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Specials”, “Travel Blog,” etc). For the sake of simplicity, we’ll just call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave the content section of this page completely empty. Do not type anything into the content editor section.
After adding your page title, click on Publish to create the Blog Page…
Your Blog Page has now been created, but there’s still one more step to do. We still need to specify the Blog Page as the page that will show your blog posts.
After saving and publishing your new page, click on Settings > Reading from the WP navigation menu …
In the Reading Settings screen, make sure to configure the options as shown below:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: choose the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above steps to update your settings …
Now, when visitors click on the ‘Blog’ link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your latest post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog page on your WordPress site that will automatically display your latest posts.
To learn how to specify the number of blog posts displayed on your WP blog, see this tutorial:
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