In a previous post, we cover how to create a static WordPress home page.
If you go through that tutorial, you will see how, in a default installation, WordPress acts as a “blog” and presents a self-updating list of recently-published blog posts.
On a WP blog page, visitors can see the post titles and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each post item published, and links to separate pages that contain the full article (e.g. “click here to learn more”…)
Note: How your blog posts display on your site can depend to a large extent on the WordPress theme you use.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this tutorial: WordPress Themes – A Web Design Revolution
We then showed you how to change your site from looking like a “blog” that displays a dynamic list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a “web site” with a fixed homepage …
Go here if you would like to view this article: How To Create A Static WP Home Page
Now, what if you would like to use your site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a static home page when arriving on your site like a traditional website, but also be able to access your latest blog posts on a “blog” area in your website?
Easy … just create a “blog page”!
With WordPress, you can create a “blog” area within your website that displays new post entries to visitors with the most recent blog posts displaying at the top of the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial you are going to learn how to easily create a blog page that will let your visitors view your latest post entries.
Creating A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts: Step-By-Step Tutorial
As you are probably aware by now, by default, when you install WordPress without assigning a specific page to display as the home page of your website, your site acts as a blog, displaying the newest post entries on your main page.
In this instance, however, we want our website to look more like a static website (i.e. with a “fixed” home page), but also have a “blog” page.
To create a Blog Page for your site, let’s first create a new page.
In your WP admin area, select Pages > Add New …
You can name this page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Video Page”, “Company Blog,” etc). For our example, let’s call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave this page completely blank. Do not add anything into the content editor section.
After adding your page title, publish your new page to create the Blog Page…
Your Blog Page is now created, but we’re not done yet. You still need to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will show your blog posts.
After saving and publishing your new page, choose Settings > Reading from the WP navigation menu …
In the Reading Settings area, make sure to configure the settings as shown below:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: find the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes after completing the above steps to update your settings …
Now, when your visitors click on the “Blog” link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your latest post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog area on your site to list your latest published entries.
To learn how to set the number of posts to display on your WP blog page, see this tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page
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