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 …

WP TutorialTypically, most web sites have an initial page that acts as the virtual ’receptionist’ (or ‘concierge’, or ‘welcoming committee’) of your business and greets everyone who arrives via your front door.

The front page of your site is important 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 home page can also act as a landing page to attract your visitors’ attention, let your visitors know who you are, what you do and also to facilitate navigation to other areas on your site.

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

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

In a default installation, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and displays a changing list of recently-published posts, with the headlines and an excerpt of the content visible for each post published, and links pointing to separate pages which contain the full article (e.g. ”click here to learn more” …).

With WordPress, however, you are given the flexibility of creating as many pages as you want and then specifying which of these pages you would like designated as the front page your site visitors will see.

Better still, you can also replace the home page of your website or blog as often as you like, without editing any content, just by having a number of pages you can point to as the site’s static page, and then selecting the page you want to display as the home page of your site.

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

  • Watch a video
  • See a ‘splash’ page before continuing through to the rest 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 offer around Christmas time)
  • View different sections of your e-commerce store 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, discount levels, different images, etc., then show one version on the home page for a specific period of time and then run the other version for the same period of time to see which page ultimately delivers better conversions)
  • 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 create a WordPress home page.

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static 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 set any page in your site to display as the Home Page log into your site, then go to your admin menu and select Settings > Reading

How To Make Any Page Of Your Choice Be The Home Page Of Your WordPress Site

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 your Home Page (choose any page listed in this dropdown menu)

How To Set A Page In WordPress As A Static Home Page

Click the Save button to update your settings and set your new home page …

How To Create A WordPress Homepage

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 Create A Static Home Page In WordPress

The page you selected in Front page displays > A static page should be showing as your site’s home page …

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Front Page

You can change the home page for your website as many times as you like, simply by repeating the above process and selecting another page from the dropdown menu …

How To Set A Page In WordPress As A Static Home Page

Your newly-specified page will be instantly assigned to be your site’s new home page …

How To Create A Static WP Homepage

Tip

Whenever you set any page as the homepage of your site, WordPress reassigns the domain root to become 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/business-directory

The above page will be given the following URL for as long as it remains the site’s 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 web browser, WordPress will direct you to the home page.

Also, if you select another page to be the home page, WordPress will assign your old 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 homepage in WordPress.

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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.