A new WordPress.com website defaults to a “blog” view, which means your home page displays a list of your latest posts in reverse chronological order. In this movie, learn how to tweak your site settings to use a regular home page, called a static front page, instead of a post listing. For professional or business sites this is a common option.
- [Voiceover] By default, the front page of a WordPress.com site will display latest posts from your blog. If you would like to create a more traditional website, you can set a static homepage instead, by using the static front page option in your theme customizer. For my site, let's go to customize. From here, I'm gonna click Static Front Page. You can see that it's defaulted to showing my latest posts. I'm gonna change that to a static page. This actually brings up two options, the ability to set a static front page, and the ability to set a post page.
If you're removing latest posts from your homepage, chances are you still want to show them somewhere on your site, and that's what this post page option is about. So, in these drop down lists is a list of all the published pages on the site that I could use for either the front page, or the post page. I've actually already created the pages that I'd like to use here, but before I set them up, let's go take a look at them. I'll click the X to exit the customizer, and then I see a prompt, letting me know that I made changes that I haven't saved, and do I want to do anything about it.
In this case, I'm not going to save these changes, 'cause I'm gonna come back and do that in a moment. For now, I'll just click leave page. For my site, I'll click on pages, to see a list of all of my pages. I'll do a search for welcome, which is in the title of the page I created, and I'll click on this ellipsis, and then view the page. As you can see, it's just a regular page, there's nothing special about it in terms of the title, or even the slug. Let's take a look now at the page I'd like to use to show my post. I'm gonna show you this one in the post editor.
So, I've named this one Blog, and I put in a little bit of sample text. Let's click this button, in the upper-right corner, to view the page, and similar to our welcome page, I can see that this is just a regular old page, showing the title, and it's showing the page content. Going back to the customizer, I'm going to select these two pages to use as my static front page and post page. I'll do that by selecting the page I want from these drop down menus. I'm gonna go ahead, save, and publish. While I'm here in the customizer, I'd like to go ahead and add Blog to my primary menu.
To do that, I'll go back to the main customizer screen, and click on menus. From here, I'll click on main menu, and let's say add item. In this case, what I want to add is a page called Blog, so I could either find it in this list, or use this search menu items, and from there I just clicked the plus to add it to my menu. I'm gonna go ahead, and save, and publish, and then go take a look at my site. Here, I can see that my front page no longer displays a list of posts, but instead shows this assigned page.
If I click on Blog from the menu, I can now see my latest posts here. Now, if you're watching closely, you noticed that there was some text in the content area of the Blog page, but it's not showing here now. It's just showing my post. Well, you have a keen eye, and the reason that page content doesn't show is because that, my friend, is the way that WordPress templating system works. Now that I've got my static front page, and a post page setup, let's see what other customizations I can make for this site.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Updating your profile
- Importing content
- Publishing posts
- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- Using WordPress.com apps
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting