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 sites have an initial page that serves as the virtual ’receptionist’ (or ‘concierge’, or ‘welcoming committee’) of your business and greets everyone who arrives on your website via your front door.

The front page of your website is arguably 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.

The home page 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 help them find their way to important areas on the website.

In a static website, the home 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 homepage when they arrive on your site via the main URL (i.e. www.mywebsite.com/), you would normally need to edit the content in the page itself, or log into your server and modify file names around.

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

By default, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a changing list of recently-published posts, with the post titles and first paragraph or two of the content visible for each entry published, and links pointing to separate post pages where visitors can then continue see the full content (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 designated as the main page of your site.

As you will soon discover, you can also replace the home page of your website as often as you like, without having to edit any of its content, just by having a number of different pages you can choose as the site’s main page, and then selecting the one you would like to show as your home page.

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

  • Read a sales letter
  • See a ‘splash’ page before continuing through 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 ’Back To School’ themed page as the beginning of the school year approaches)
  • View different product categories on your e-commerce store catalog at regularly-spaced intervals (e.g. weekly), or special occasions (e.g. sports events in your region)
  • View information on ‘split-test’ sales pages (create two or more sales pages with similar content to test different page elements, e.g. headlines, pricing and bonuses, different layout, etc., then show one version on the home page for a specific period of time and then replace with the other version for the same amount of time to see which page converts better)
  • Or even land on a ‘pre-launch’ page if your site hasn’t officially gone live yet!

This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to create a WP home page.

How To Show A WordPress Page Of Your Choice As The Home Page Of Your Web Site: 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 set any page on your WP website or blog as your home page go to your navigation menu and select Settings > Reading

How To Make A WordPress Page Your 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 (choose any of the pages showing in your dropdown menu)

How To Create A Static Homepage In WordPress

Click Save Changes after selecting your options to update your settings and set your new home page …

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Home Page

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

How To Set Any Page In WordPress As The Static Home Page

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

How To Create A Static WordPress Home Page

You can change the home page for your site as often as you want, just by repeating the above steps and selecting another page from the dropdown menu …

How To Create A WordPress Home Page

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

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Home Page

Useful Tip

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

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

http://yourdomain.com/marketing-focus

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

http://yourdomain.com/

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Notes:

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

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

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Front Page

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

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)

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