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Home Page Settings: Static vs. Blog Home Page

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Home Page Settings are probably one of the most confusing questions for bloggers new to WordPress. Once, you understand the options, however, it's pretty simple.

Watch the video or see the written directions below:

Static Home Page vs. Blog Home Page

WordPress has 2 options for your home page:

  1. Static home page - this is, simply put, a page that you set as your home or main page on your website. You assign a specific page, add content and that's it.
  2. Blog home page - this is the more traditional blog layout. The blog home page displays a list of your most recent posts. Layout and other features are determined by your theme design.

When you have a static home page, you can also have a separate blog page. Below I will show you how to set up a Blog home page and also a Static home page with separate blog page.

*NOTE: These settings can also be found in the Settings > Readings accessed from the main WordPress dashboard.

1. Blog Home Page

This is generally the default setting but if your blog has been set to a static home page and you want to change it back. follow the directions below.

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Click on Appearance > Customize to open the Customizer. You can also click the blue button that says "Customize Your Site". homepage-1.jpg
  • You should see a top-level tab in the Customizer that says Homepage Settings. (If this tab is missing, go back to your Dashboard and go to Settings > Reading. These settings are duplicated there as well.)
  • Click on the Homepage Settings tab to open it.homepage-2.jpg
  • There is one setting under this tab: Your homepage displays.
  • To set your website to a Blog Home Page, make sure the radio button option is set to Your latest posts. homepage-3.jpg
  • Click the Publish button to save any changes.

2. Static Home Page with Separate Blog Page

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Click on Appearance > Customize to open the Customizer. You can also click the blue button that says "Customize Your Site". homepage-1.jpg
  • You should see a top-level tab in the Customizer that says Homepage Settings. (If this tab is missing, go back to your Dashboard and go to Settings > Reading. These settings are duplicated there as well.)
  • Click on the Homepage Settings tab to open it.homepage-2.jpg
  • There is one setting under this tab: Your homepage displays.
  • To set a Static Home Page, select the radio button next to A static page.
  • Two new options will appear: Homepage and Posts page.
  • Use the drop down menu beneath each option to select a page to assign as your home page and separate blog page.
  • You can also create a new page to use by clicking the Add new page link.
  • Click the Publish button to save your changes.homepage-4.jpg

 

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