How To Set Your Home Page In WordPress

Learn how to set up any page on your WordPress site as the home page that visitors will see when they visit your website …

Learn WPTypically, most sites have an initial page that serves as the virtual ‘front desk’ of your business and greets every visitor arriving on your website via the front door.

The front page of your site is arguably the most important page on your site because it is generally the first thing a visitor sees when they arrive on your site if they type in your domain name on their web browser, or navigate to your website from a search engine or directory.

The main page can also act as a landing page to attract the attention of visitors, provide information to visitors about who you are, what you do and also to help them navigate to other important sections of the site.

In a traditional website, the home page and its content are normally intrinsically part of the home page file (e.g. www.mywebsite.com/home.html), so if you want visitors to see different content on your main page when they land on your site via the main URL (i.e. www.mywebsite.com/), you would have to edit the content of the page itself, or log into your server and modify file names around.

WordPress makes things easier for website owners, especially if you don’t want to mess around with stuff like editing page code and file names in server files.

Used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a dynamic list of recently-published posts, with the post titles and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each post published, and links to separate pages which contain the full article (e.g. “read more” …).

With WordPress, however, you are given the flexibility to create as many pages as you want and then specify which of these pages you want assigned to be the static page of your site.

Better still, you can also change the home page of your website or blog as often as you like, without touching the content, simply by creating a number of pages you can point to as the site’s static page, and then selecting the page you want to show as your home page.

This is very handy to have. For example, you may want visitors arriving on your site via the homepage to:

  • Watch a video presentation
  • Read an important notice on a separate page before continuing to other sections of your site
  • Promote a different ‘book of the month’ each month, or ‘product of the month’
  • Promote seasonal offers (e.g. a ‘Season’s Greetings’ themed page at the end of the year)
  • View different sections of your e-commerce store catalog at regularly-spaced intervals (e.g. fortnightly), or special occasions (e.g. themed events happening in your area)
  • View information on ‘split-test’ sales pages (create two or more sales pages with similar content to test different page elements, e.g. headlines or a video, scarcity offers, different font sizes, etc., then show one version as the home page for a certain period of time and then run the other version for the same amount of time to see which page ultimately converts better)
  • Or even land on a ‘pre-launch’ page if your site hasn’t officially gone live yet!

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily create a static home page in WordPress.

How To Make A Page Of Your Choice Become The Home Page In WordPress: Tutorial

Web developers often refer to the “home” page as the main page where visitors can go to learn more about what your website has to offer or the starting page where they can navigate to other sections.

On the other hand, the ‘homepage’ (one word) is the actual page or file visitors go to when they click on a link to visit your “home page” (two words).

WordPress lets you select any page on your blog as the ‘homepage’ and assign it as the main page of your website (i.e. your “home page”).

To set any page in your site to display as the Home Page go to your navigation menu and click on Settings > Reading

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Home Page

In the Reading Settings screen, do the following:

  1. Front page displays: select ‘A static page …’
  2. Front page: Click on the drop down menu and choose the page you want to set as the Home Page (you can choose any of the pages listed in your dropdown menu)

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Home Page

Click Save Changes when finished to update the settings and change the home page …

How To Make Any WordPress Page Be Your Home Page

After saving, click on Visit Site (tip: right-click and open the link in a new tab to open the homepage in a new browser window without leaving your WP dashboard) …

How To Make Any WordPress Page Be Your Home Page

The page you chose in Front page displays > A static page should now be showing as the home page of your site …

How To Create A WordPress Home Page

You can choose a new home page for your website as many times as you want, just by repeating the above process and selecting another page …

How To Create A Static Homepage In WordPress

The newly-set page will become the new home page instantly …

How To Create A Static Homepage In WordPress

Tip

When you assign any page as the homepage of your site, WordPress reassigns the domain root to become the URL of that page.

What this means is that if you make a page with the following URL into your home page:

http://yourdomain.com/summer-product-catalog

The above page will automatically be assigned the following URL:

http://yourdomain.com/

Important

Notes:

If you type the ‘old’ URL of the page you have now specified as the new home page into your browser, WordPress will direct you back to the home page.

Also, if you select another page to be the home page, WordPress will assign the previous home page back to its original URL …

How To Create A Static WordPress Homepage

Congratulations! Now you know how to show a specific WordPress page as the website’s home page.

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the owner of WPCompendium.org and the author of The WordPress User Manual. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE tutorials that show you how to use WordPress to grow your business online with no coding skills required! Get our FREE "101+ WordPress Tips, Tricks & Hacks For Non-Techies" e-course with loads of useful WordPress tips!

Originally published as How To Set Your Home Page In WordPress.