WordPress Wednesday: How to Display a Static Page as a Homepage

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Time for another WordPress Wednesday! Weekly tips for new and established self-hosted WordPress users, designed to help you get the most out of your site from Sarah, a WordPress website developer.

How to Display a Static Page as a Homepage

It’s becoming more popular these days for themes to offer ‘homepages’ instead of just displaying a regular list of your posts. They often give you more options in terms of where and how your content is displayed – which is always a useful thing in our eyes!

In most cases however, in order to use those functions you have to set a static page as your homepage to make everything work properly – if you’re not sure how to do that read on!

These instructions will be useful if:

  • You’ve installed a new theme lately and you’re not sure how to make it look the way the demo does
  • You just want to add a ‘front page’ to your site. Maybe you want readers to be directed to your about me page first, or you want to have your shop be the first thing that people see when they visit your site.

Head to Settings > Reading
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Check the button that says Front page displays a static page

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Then just select which page you want to display as your homepage. (We like to name ours home for ease of use but you can call it anything!)

As a secondary step you can designate a page for your blog, too. If you want to do that we recommend creating a new page called blog and then directing it to that – that way your url will be nice and neat :)

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