How to Set the Front Page in WordPress with Screenshots

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WordPress started out as a blogging tool. Which means that by default, the homepage displays a list of all your posts in reverse chronological order. But for a business, this doesn’t make a lot of sense. You want it to display your homepage instead. So here’s how to set the front page in WordPress to some specific static page.

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Here are the steps in order:

Step 1: Create your Homepage

Your business homepage is called a “Page”, as opposed to a “Post” in WordPress terminology. To create a Page, go to “Pages->Add New” on the left hand side of your WordPress dashboard as shown here:

add new page

This will open up the regular WordPress editing screen. Type in a title for your page and add your content like this:

create page content

Step 2: Choose “No Parent”

In the editor screen on the right hand side, scroll down to find the box “Page Attributes”. Make sure that the value “no parent” is selected in the drop down box under “Parent”.

no parent

It won’t show up if this is the very first page you’ve created, so don’t worry if you don’t see it!

This will ensure that you page is the first page in the hierarchy. This is important because if you later want to create a “breadcrumbs” like interface, you want your homepage to be at the very top. Save your newly created page.

Step 3: Create a New Page for Blog Posts

Because you’re changing the home page to display something else, we need to have another page to display the blog posts. To do this, create a new blank post like in Step 1. Now on the right hand, you need to choose the appropriate blog page template like this:

Choose Blog Template

However, not every theme has a blog template built-in. In which case, simply choose the default template. It should work in most cases. Save your new page and give it an appropriate title.

Step 4: Set the Front Page and Blog Page

To finally set the home page in WordPress to your newly created page, go to the Settings-> Reading item on the WordPress dashboard as shown here:

settings reading

Under “Front Page Displays”, select the “A static page (select below)” option, and from the “Front page” drop down box, choose the name of the post you just created. In this case, it’s “My Homepage!”

WordPress - Set the Front Page and Blog Posts Page

At the same time, set the “Posts page” option to the new blog posts page you created in step 3.

 

Save your changes, and that’s all there is to it. The next time you visit the front page of your WordPress website, it’ll show your newly minted homepage instead of a list of posts in reverse chronological order.

Step 5: Don’t Forget to Link to your Blog Page on the Menu Bar

A regularly maintained blog is key to your content strategy and ensures that your site remains fresh. Once you change the homepage away from your blog posts page, you need to make sure that visitors can find it easily. The easiest way to do this is to have a dedicated location on your menu bar for the blog posts.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a static page and set it as the homepage of your WordPress website.

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