Shade Tree Sites |Building Better Websites
As WordPress has become more popular, more and more business have adapted the platform to run successful and dynamic websites. The main difference when using WordPress as a CMS and not a blog is having a static home page. ( A consistent page the site opens to versus a page listing your latest posts) However, what if you want the static front page but also want to keep the blog feature – the best of both worlds: a static home page and a blog.
Here’s what to do:
- First, you need to build a home page and a blog page. At Pages->Add New-> build your pages and assign names (ie Welcome, About, Blog etc.) Note: is you call your front page [ Home ] in many themes you will end up with 2 home page tabs in the menu.
- Remember, once you have created the pages – save and publish.
Settings -> Reading Screen
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- Second, you need to instruct WordPress to use the page you have created as the static home page. This simple function is found under the Setting ->Reading. To change the front page of your site to a static page you simply check the box [static] and assign the page you created from the dropdown menu.
- Third, you need to instruct WordPress to use the page you have created as the blog page. Using the second drop down menu under [static] on the Reading Settings page assign the blog (posts) page.
- Finally, save your settings.
Congratulations, your WordPress site now has a static front page and a page for your blog – it’s that easy!