WordPress Essential Training
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WordPress Essential Training

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Video: Changing the front page from a blog view to a static page

By default, the front page of your WordPress site is always the blog. When I'm done building out the content for my page, I'm simply going to publish it.
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  1. 17m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. What's new in WordPress 4.0
      10m 32s
    3. What's new in 4.1 NEW
      6m 0s
  2. 11m 53s
    1. What is WordPress?
      3m 49s
    2. Setting the language of your WordPress installation UPDATED
      4m 57s
    3. WordPress, WordPress.com, and WordPress.org: What is the difference?
      3m 7s
  3. 17m 18s
    1. Installing and running WordPress
      2m 19s
    2. Accessing your WordPress site
      2m 20s
    3. Using the WordPress Dashboard
      8m 10s
    4. Using the WordPress toolbar
      4m 29s
  4. 1h 35m
    1. Understanding the difference between posts and pages
      4m 4s
    2. Creating a new post
      9m 57s
    3. Using categories and tags
      8m 19s
    4. Advanced text formatting UPDATED
      9m 32s
    5. Creating and managing links
      7m 7s
    6. Adding images
      9m 36s
    7. Adding an image gallery
      9m 59s
    8. Using Featured Image
      3m 8s
    9. Adding images from external sources
      7m 30s
    10. Adding media from YouTube and other services through oEmbed
      5m 1s
    11. Comparing and restoring old versions with Revisions
      4m 47s
    12. Publishing posts
      7m 2s
    13. Using the More tag and excerpts
      4m 36s
    14. Defining post formats
      4m 43s
  5. 11m 21s
    1. Creating a basic page
      5m 19s
    2. Using page templates
      3m 52s
    3. Organizing page hierarchy
      2m 10s
  6. 22m 24s
    1. Navigating the Dashboard index pages
      7m 40s
    2. Using Quick Edit
      2m 22s
    3. Using Bulk Edit
      4m 20s
    4. Understanding how WordPress handles media content
      8m 2s
  7. 50m 0s
    1. Selecting and changing themes
      4m 57s
    2. Using the Theme Customizer
      7m 39s
    3. Using a custom header image
      4m 59s
    4. Creating custom menus
      7m 27s
    5. Using widgets
      8m 4s
    6. Changing the front page from a blog view to a static page
      4m 50s
    7. Installing themes from the WordPress Theme Directory
      5m 28s
    8. Installing custom themes
      3m 2s
    9. Making sure your WordPress site is mobile-ready
      3m 34s
  8. 22m 15s
    1. Installing plugins
      10m 21s
    2. Creating a contact page
      4m 46s
    3. Adding social media sharing buttons with AddThis
      5m 16s
    4. Learn more about plugins
      1m 52s
  9. 34m 44s
    1. Editing your user profile
      8m 51s
    2. Creating a Gravatar profile
      4m 9s
    3. Adding and managing users
      5m 59s
    4. Understanding user levels
      6m 28s
    5. Configuring general settings
      9m 17s
  10. 19m 9s
    1. Creating user-friendly permalinks
      5m 31s
    2. Configuring comment settings
      7m 44s
    3. Managing comments
      5m 54s
  11. 13m 1s
    1. Understanding how WordPress works
      5m 40s
    2. Back-end management of themes, plugins, and other assets
      7m 21s
  12. 20m 43s
    1. Keeping up to date
      6m 20s
    2. Must-have security plugins
      5m 13s
    3. Troubleshooting a site crash
      9m 10s
  13. 9m 14s
    1. Exporting and importing content from other sites
      6m 24s
    2. Going further with WordPress: Creating themes and plugins
      2m 50s

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WordPress 3.x Tutorials | WordPress Essential Training
5h 44m Beginner Jan 17, 2014 Updated Dec 18, 2014

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WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites. Learn how to create your own with this powerful publishing platform. Staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen will help you get the most out of the self-hosted version of WordPress and create feature-rich blogs and websites. Morten explains how to create and publish posts and pages; customize your site with themes, widgets, and custom menus; and extend WordPress even further with plugins. Even more, Morten will show how to get more readers with social media sharing and comments, and adjust the settings that keep your site safe and secure.

Topics include:
  • What is WordPress?
  • Installing and running WordPress
  • Publishing posts and pages
  • Using page templates
  • Inserting images, video, and other media
  • Editing posts
  • Changing themes
  • Installing plugins
  • Adding other users
  • Securing your WordPress site
Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Changing the front page from a blog view to a static page

By default, the front page of your WordPress site is always the blog. Your most recently updated posts, displayed in reverse chronological order in an index page. But sometimes, you may want to control the front page and have a static page for the front page, and a link to the blog in your main menu instead. WordPress allows you to do this, and it requires a couple of simple steps. The first thing you need to do is create the page that's going to become your front page.

This is just a standard page. So here you can go to New, select Page, and you can give it a title like Welcome to justmorten. Then you have to place some content here. When I'm done building out the content for my page, I'm simply going to publish it. Now I can go view the page just to make sure everything works. Here you have, Welcome to justmorten, and the text, and my picture. Before I make this the front page, I have to remember to turn off commenting, because you don't really want people commenting on your front page. So I'm going to go back to Edit Page.

Scroll down and uncheck Allow Comments and Allow Trackbacks and Pingbacks, and update the page again. Now I can assign this page as the front page of my site. I can do so from two different places. I can either go to Settings and Reading, and from here change Front Page Displays from Your Latest Posts, which is the blog page, to a static page. Now I can go to Front Page and select the page I just created, and then click Save Changes.

Also note that I did not assign a post page. You'll see what happens in just a second. Now I can jump to the front page of my site and you'll see, here is that welcome message. Welcome to justmorten. You see that we still have the featured content here at the top, but the rest of my blog is gone. The problem is, now that I've created a front page, but I have not assigned a page to become my new blog page, there's no way of getting to the blog. You can navigate to individual posts, and you can also even add a link to the blog somewhere in the side here.

But you wouldn't be able to actually access it, because the blog does not exist anywhere. For the blog to reappear on my site, I actually have to create a new page, that will hold the blog for me. So I'm going to go back and create a new page, I'll call this one Blog. And I'm not going to put any content here. Because the content is going to be replaced with the actual blog. I'll publish my new blog page. And this time, I'm going to do the configuration using the Customizer. So I'll go back to the front page, hover over my site name, and select, Customize.

And here I will go down to Static Front Page and assign the posts page to this new page I created, called Blog. You will notice here that these are the same settings you saw under Settings and Reading in the admin panel. Now that I have created the post page called Blog, I can click Save and Publish, close the Customizer, and then I also have to create a link pointing to that blog page. So I'll go back to my menus, find the Main Header menu, find the blog page.

Click Add to Menu, here it appears, pull it up to where I want it to appear. Click Save Menu. And go back and look at the front page again. Now on the front page, I have my welcome message and my feature content. And then, if I click on the blog link, I'm taken to my blog. So in a few simple steps, I turned my entire site on its head. Now we have a regular website with static content on the front, and then we have a blog on the back end. If you want the site to be fully static, you can even just remove the blog altogether and not write any blog posts, because now the only way to get to the blog is by using this blog button.

If you don't assign a page as the posts page, using either the Customizer or the settings under Reading, you won't actually have a blog index page. So, if you don't want a blog index page and you only want static pages, that's actually possible. It's not advisable, but it's possible. Now you have the power to choose what type of website you have. Do you want a standard website with mostly static content and and an additional blog? Or, do you want your site to be mainly a blog with some additional static content? Using the simple setting under Customizer called Static Front Page.

You can choose either to display the front page as your latest post, or a static page and then assign your blog to another page.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about WordPress Essential Training .

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Q: How do I take the local version of my WordPress site and publish it on the web?
A: The course WordPress Quick Tips: Migration and Database Reset shows you how to migrate a local site to production. The method shown creates a new duplicate of the original website, but it requires detailed database work and effectively results in a hard reset of the target site. Proceed carefully.
Q: This course was updated on 9/04/2014. What changed?
A: We updated nine movies to reflect changes to WordPress 4.0.
Q: This course was updated on 12/18/2014. What changed?
A: We added two new movies and updated a third to reflect changes to WordPress 4.1, including the new default theme, Twenty Fifteen.
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