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 How To Use WordPressTypically, most sites have an initial page that serves as the virtual ’face’ of your business and greets all visitors who arrive on your website or blog via the front door.

The main page of your website is arguably one of the most important pages of your entire 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 homepage can also serve as a landing page to catch the attention of visitors, provide information to visitors about who you are, what you do and also to facilitate navigation to other sections on your site.

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

WordPress makes things easier for website owners, especially for users who 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 displays a dynamic list of recently-published posts, with the headlines and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each article published, and links to separate pages which contain the full item (e.g. ”click here to learn more” …).

With WordPress, however, you have the flexibility of creating as many pages as you want and then specifying which of these pages you want designated as being the front page of your website or blog.

Better still, you can also replace the home page of your site as often as you like, without touching the content, just by having multiple pages you can point to as the site’s static page, and then selecting the page you would like to display as your home page.

This feature can be very useful. For example, you may want visitors arriving on your site via the homepage to:

  • Read a sales letter
  • See a ‘splash’ page before navigating to the rest of your site
  • Promote a different ‘book of the month’ each month, or ‘product of the month’
  • Promote seasonal information (e.g. a ’Mother’s Day’ themed offer as Mother’s Day approaches)
  • View different product categories on your e-commerce catalog at regularly-spaced intervals (e.g. quarterly), 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 sales copy, scarcity offers, different font sizes, etc., then display one version on the home page for a specific period of time and then run the other version for the same amount of time to see which page ultimately delivers better conversions)
  • Or even land on a ‘pre-launch’ page if your site hasn’t officially launched yet!

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily turn any page on your WordPress website into a static home page.

How To Set Any Page In WordPress As The Static Home Page: 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 easily create a static WP home page go to your navigation menu and click on Settings > Reading

How To Create A WP Homepage

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 select the page you want to set as the Home Page (you can choose any page showing in this menu)

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Main Page

Click Save Changes when done to update your settings and set your new home page …

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Front Page

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

How To Make A Specific WordPress Page Become The Home Page Of Your Website

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

How To Create A Static WordPress Homepage

You can choose a different home page for your website as often as you want, simply by repeating the above process and selecting a different page …

How To Display A Specific Page As The Home Page In WordPress

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

How To Make The WordPress Page You Choose Be Your Website's Home Page

Tip

When you specify any page to become the homepage of your site, WordPress reassigns the domain root to become the URL of the home page.

What this means is that if you select the page with the URL shown below your site’s home page:

http://yourdomain.com/overview-of-our-products-and-services

The above page will be given the following URL:

http://yourdomain.com/

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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 assigns your previous home page back to its original URL …

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Front Page

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a static home page in WordPress.

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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.