How to set up a homepage in WordPress

Your website homepage is his face and can define the success or failure of your business, so let's teach you how to set up a homepage in WordPress

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The homepage is the face of your website

Your main page is your website's calling card. When people enter it, it's the first thing the user will see. If he likes it, you will have a loyal and satisfied user. If not, it's likely he'll never come back. A home page can be a page to generate leads or information about the services you provide. It all depends on the type of website you have. If you're in the process of starting an e-commerce site, your homepage will likely show the products you sell.

In most cases, before starting a website, you analyze a few themes and finally choose a WordPress theme (you can find some on their website) suitable for your new website. Excited, you install this WP theme and open your website in your browser. And then you realize there are no images, no posts, no text. Your site doesn't look like the theme demo anywhere.

Whichever theme you install, free or paid, it might turn out to be nothing like the screenshot and demos. And it's natural to be disappointed. But before allowing that feeling to turn to frustration, let's understand why this is. There are two reasons why your sites don't look like the theme demo.

  1. There is still very little or no content on your site.
  2. You have not set up your homepage.

You will add more content to your website over time. So that will solve the first reason.

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Now most WordPress themes come with a custom homepage. Even if your theme doesn't have one, you can easily create a custom homepage for your WordPress site. Setting up your homepage the right way will take care of the second reason.

So, in this post (on our WordPress site), we'll look at several options that WP offers to configure your homepage.

Quick FAQ

What types of content can I have on WordPress?

Static pages, recommended for product websites and stores;
Blog content pages, recommended for news sites

How to create a static homepage in WordPress?

Click on the Pages menu >> Add new>>Add the title and content of a page>>Then click on the Publish button

How to create a blog page on WordPress?

Click on the Pages menu >> Add new>>Set the title of the page. Don't worry about the content for now>>Then click the Publish button

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How to set the number of posts to be displayed on the homepage in WordPress?

Click on Settings >> Reading in your admin panel >>Set the option “Blog pages show maximum” to the number you want

How to set show all content of a post or just the summary in WordPress?

Click on Settings >> Reading in your admin panel >>Set the option “For each article in a feed, show” to the desired option;

How to set a Static Page as the homepage in WordPress

Before we look at how to set or change your home page, you'll need to decide what kind of home page you need. Should the home page be a static content page or a list of your blog posts?

Display a list of blog posts on your home page

By default, WordPress will show your most recent blog posts on the home page. Most of the time, if you're running a simple WordPress blog or news site, a list of the most recent blog posts is what you want to show on your homepage.

That way, your readers will see the latest articles (or news) when they go to the home page. But that won't work if you're planning to build any other type of website. Particularly an e-commerce or business website.

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On the home page of a business website, you want to:

  • Introduce your company to visitors;
  • Give them an idea of ​​the products (or services) you offer;
  • Present testimonials or awards to customers

Another interesting thing your homepage should have is information about how interested visitors can contact you. For an ecommerce store, you want to showcase your products, recent product reviews, and any offers you might have at the time. Anyway, the first step is to set a static WordPress page as your homepage.

With your website ready to use, WordPress offers two ways to create content:

  • Blog Posts
  • Pages
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Posts are dynamic and static pages

Which of these will you use? Blog posts are chronological entries on your website. Every blog post has a publication date. For example, chronological content such as company news will be published as a blog post.

The pages, on the other hand, are not in chronological order. They are intended for more static and perennial content. Therefore, timeless content, such as your 'about' and 'contact' information, should be published as pages. For example, for a website that is not a blog, your homepage will have static content. And it must be published as a static WordPress page.

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Set a static WordPress page as the home page

Now that you know what a WordPress page is, let's look at the three steps required to set a static page as your home page.

Step 1. Create a static home page

In this step, we will create a WordPress page, which we will later define as the home page. To create a WordPress page, log into the WordPress dashboard administration area and:

  • Click on the Pages menu >> Add new;
  • Add a page title and content;
  • Then click the Publish… button to publish your page.
How to create your page in three steps
How to create your page in three steps

Step 2. Create a placeholder blog page

Like our Static Page that we created in step 1, it will now be set to home. For this we will need another page to display our blog posts. This page will serve as a placeholder to display the posts of news, news or updates from our blog.

To create this placeholder Blog Page:

  • Click on the Pages menu >> Add new;
  • Set the title of the page. Don't worry about the content for now;
  • Then click the Publish… button to publish your page.

This is an optional step. You can skip this step if you don't plan to publish any blog posts or news on your site. You can create a WordPress website using only static pages.

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If you decide to publish blog content in the future, you can always go back to this step.

Step 3. Set a static page as your home page

In this final step, we'll configure WordPress to display our Static Page as the home page. We'll also set WordPress to display our blog posts on the Placeholder Blog Page we created in step 2.

To set the Static Page as home and the blog page where WordPress will display a list of your posts:

  • Click on Settings >> Reading in your admin panel;
  • Set your home page views to a Static Page;
  • Select the Static Page we created in step 1 as the home page;
  • Select the Blog Page we created in step 2 as the Posts page;
  • Click Save.
Setting the page as main
Setting the Page as Main

You can also do this in the Appearance >> Customizer >> Homepage Settings option.

  • Click on Settings >> Reading in your admin panel;
  • Set your home page display to “A static page”;
  • Select the page you want to set as your home page from the drop-down menu;
  • Click the Save button to save your changes;
  • Go to Appearance >> Menus in your WordPress admin panel;
  • In the Pages box, select the View All tab;
  • Check the “Home” checkbox;
  • Then click Add to Menu;
  • Finally, click on Save menu;
  • Add the home page link to the menu;

Typically, a navigation menu contains a 'Home' link that points to your website's home page. What happens when you change the homepage? Do you need to go back to the navigation menu and change the link too?

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Fortunately no.

WordPress makes it easy to add a custom 'Home' link to your website. This link will always point to your site's home page, regardless of which page you set as your home page. To add this 'Home' link to the navigation menu, continue reading.

Blog Page Options

WordPress also offers some options for the blog page. With these options, you can control how blog post entries appear. This option controls the number of blog post entries that appear on the home page. If you have more blog post entries, they will appear on pages 2, 3, and so on. Visitors can navigate to the next page using pagination links. Your theme decides how these pagination links appear.

To set the number of posts to be displayed on the home page:

  • Click on Settings >> Reading in your admin panel;
  • Set the option “Blog pages show maximum” to the number you want;

Keep in mind that fixed posts simply ignore this number. For example, if you set this number to 10 and you have a single fixed post, 11 blog post entries will show up on the blog page.

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You can also control how the content of your blog post entry is displayed on the blog page. You can choose to show the entire content of the blog post or just the summary.

To set this option:

  • Click on Settings >> Reading in your admin panel;
  • Set the “For each article in a feed, show” option to the desired option;

Note that this option may not work with all themes, so make sure the theme you choose has these control options. If not, you can always look for a different theme and suit your needs.

Now, leave it in the comments: Did you find our tutorial useful? Do you have a WordPress page? Enjoy and read on our website more about Technology e News from the gaming world.

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