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How To Set Your Home Page In WordPress

Typically, most web sites have a front page that serves as the virtual ‘front desk’ of your business and greets every visitor arriving on your site via your front door.

The main page of your website is probably the most important page on your website 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 front page can also act as a landing page to catch the attention of visitors, let your visitors know who you are, what you do and also to help them navigate to important sections on the site.

In a traditional website, the home page and its content are normally ‘fixed’ to a specific home page file (e.g. www.mywebsite.com/index.php), so if you want visitors to see different content on your front page 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 change file names.

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

Used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a ‘blog’ and presents a dynamic list of recently-published posts, with the post titles and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each article published, and links pointing to separate post pages where visitors can then keep access the full content (e.g. “read 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 want to designate as being the home page your blog visitors will see.

Better still, you can also replace the home page of your site as often as you like, without having to edit any of its content, simply by having a number of different pages you can point to as the site’s home page, and then selecting the one you would like to display as the static home page of your site.

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily create a static WordPress home page.

How To Set Any Page In WordPress As A 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 create a static WP home page go to your admin menu and select Settings > Reading

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 choose the page you want to set as your Home Page (you can choose any of the pages listed in your menu)

Click the Save button after selecting your options to update the settings and set your new home 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) …

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

You can change the home page for your website as often as you like, simply by repeating the above steps and selecting a different page …

The newly-specified page will be immediately assigned to be the new home page of your site …

Whenever you set 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 select the page with the URL shown below your site’s home page:

http://yourdomain.com/retail-pricing-list-australia-new-zealand

The above page will automatically be given the following URL:

http://yourdomain.com/

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 back to the home page.

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to set a page in WordPress as a static 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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