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 For BeginnersTypically, most websites have a main page that acts as the virtual ‘front desk’ of your business and greets all visitors who arrive via your front door.

The main page of your site is probably one of the most important pages of your entire site because it is generally the first page 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 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 important pages on your website.

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

WordPress makes this easier for website owners, especially if you don’t want to mess around with stuff like editing web 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 first paragraph or two of the content visible for each entry published, and links to separate pages where your visitors can then continue reading the full item (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 to designate as the static page of your website.

Better still, you can also change the home page of your website as often as you like, without editing any content, simply by creating a number of different pages you can point to as the site’s main page, and then selecting the page you would like to display as your home page.

This can be used in many different ways. For example, you may want visitors arriving on your site via the front page to:

  • Watch a video
  • See a list of navigation options before navigating through to other sections of your site
  • Promote a different ‘book of the month’ each month, or ‘product of the month’
  • Promote seasonal information (e.g. a ’Back To School’ themed page as the beginning of the school year approaches)
  • View different sections of 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, discount levels, different font sizes, etc., then display one version on the home page for a period of time and then replace with the other version for the same period of time to see which page delivers you 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 create a static WordPress home page.

How To Set Any Page In WordPress As A 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 turn any page on your website into a static home page log into your site, then go to your navigation menu and click on Settings > Reading

How To Create A Static Home Page In WordPress

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 of the pages listed in your menu)

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Home Page

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

How To Show A Specific Page As Your Website's Home Page In WordPress

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 Homepage In WordPress

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

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

You can change the home page for your site as many times as you like, just by repeating the above process and selecting a different page …

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Home Page

The newly-chosen page will be instantly assigned as the new home page of your site …

How To Make A WordPress Page Your Main Page

Tip

Whenever you specify 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 following URL your site’s home page:

http://yourdomain.com/ultimate-travel-guide-for-couch-potatoes

The above page will automatically be assigned 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 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 static home page, WordPress will assign your previous home page back to its original URL …

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to set a page in WordPress as a static 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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Originally published as How To Set Your Home Page In WordPress.