How to Set the Homepage in WordPress – in Pictures!

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 homepage in WordPress to some specific static page.

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: Set the Static Page

To finally set the homepage 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!”

set the homepage in wordpress

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

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