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.

WordPress For BeginnersTypically, most web sites have a front page that serves as the virtual ’face’ of your business and welcomes every visitor arriving on your website or blog via your front door.

The homepage of your website is probably one of the most important pages of your entire website 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 listing.

The homepage can also serve as a landing page to attract your visitors’ attention, provide information to visitors about who you are, what you do and also to help them navigate to other important sections on your site.

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

WordPress makes things easier for website owners, especially for site owners don’t want to mess around with stuff like editing web page code in server files.

By default, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a changing list of recently-published posts, with the post titles and an excerpt of the content displayed for each post published, and links to separate pages where your visitors can then continue reading the full content (e.g. ”click here to read the full article” …).

With WordPress, however, you have the flexibility to create as many pages as you want and then specify which of these pages you would like assigned to be the front page your site visitors will see.

As you will soon discover, you can also replace the home page of your site as often as you like, without editing any content, simply by creating multiple pages you can point to as the site’s static page, and then selecting the one you want to show as the home page of your site.

This is useful for many reasons. For example, you may want visitors arriving on your site via the homepage to:

  • Watch a video
  • See a list of navigation options before continuing to the rest of your site
  • Promote a new ‘book of the month’ each month, or ‘product of the month’
  • Promote seasonal offers (e.g. a ‘Season’s Greetings’ themed offer as the new year approaches)
  • View different product categories on your e-commerce catalog at regularly-spaced intervals (e.g. monthly), 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, price points, different font sizes, etc., then display 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 delivers better conversions)
  • Or even land on a ‘pre-launch’ page if your site hasn’t officially launched yet!

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

How To Show A WordPress Page You Choose As The Website’s Home Page: Step-By-Step 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 home page in WordPress 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, select 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 Show Any WordPress Page You Specify As The Website's Home Page

Click the Save button to update the settings and change the home page …

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Main Page

After saving, click on Visit Site (tip: right-click and select ‘Open Link In New Tab’ to view the homepage in a new browser window without leaving your WP dashboard) …

How To Create A WordPress Home Page

The page you have specified in Front page displays > A static page should now be displaying as your site’s home page …

How To Show A WordPress Page As The Home Page

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

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Main Page

Your newly-selected page will become the new home page as soon as you save and update your new settings …

How To Create A WP Homepage

Tip

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

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

http://yourdomain.com/our-services

The above page will automatically be assigned the following URL for as long as it remains the home page:

http://yourdomain.com/

Useful Info

Notes:

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

Also, if you choose another page as the home page, WordPress reassigns your previous home page back to its original URL …

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Main Page

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a static WordPress homepage.

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