Once you start to learn WordPress, you will probably want to create a custom homepage in WordPress to make your website unique. In this article, I discuss what a homepage in WordPress is and I show how to create a home page in WordPress step-by-step. Read on!
What is the Homepage In WordPress
The homepage in WordPress is like the homepage on any other website. It is the main page of your website. It is also called the front page.
When a person types in your domain URL in their browser, the homepage is the first page they will see. So, it is important to make your homepage useful and easy to read.
Dynamic vs Static WordPress Homepage
Why Should I Change My WordPress Homepage
When you first install WordPress or have WordPress installed for you, the homepage shows your latest blog posts in reverse chronological order. So the most recent post is shown first.
This is a dynamic WordPress home page. Every time you create a new blog post, your homepage will dynamically change to show the blog post first. Each of the previous blog posts will move down one in the reverse chronological order.
Because the WordPress homepage displays a set number of blog posts, the oldest post will drop off the page and not be displayed. It will be available on the second page of your blog.
If you have updated your WordPress theme, the number of blog posts shown and the way to access older blog posts may differ. Some themes may show a “Load More” or similar button that retrieves older blog posts and shows them on the page. Other themes may use paging and the website visitor will need to click on a link to take them to the second page of blog posts.
If your WordPress website is primarily used as a blog then using a dynamic homepage is the easiest and least time-consuming way to go. You won’t have to edit your home page and you can focus on creating blog posts.
However, if you want to add more to your homepage besides your latest blog posts or you use your WordPress website for your business, you will need to edit your WordPress homepage.
Also, if you want to create a one page WordPress website that includes additional information to your blog posts, you will need to edit your home page.
When you want to edit your WordPress homepage to include more elements, you will need a static homepage. Below, I show how to create a static homepage in WordPress. Later in this article, I also show you how to add content to your homepage including widgets and menus.
How To Create A Dynamic Homepage In WordPress
If you use the default WordPress theme that comes with most WordPress installs, you will not have to make any changes to create a dynamic homepage. A dynamic homepage in WordPress is the standard way a homepage is created.
However, if your homepage has previously been changed to a static home page or your theme does this by default, you can change it by following the steps:
Change from “A static page” to “Your latest posts”
1. Log into your WordPress admin.
2. Scroll down to Settings in the left-hand menu
3. Select Settings and then Reading.
4. Next to “Your homepage displays”, select “Your latest posts”
5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Save Changes”
6. Your home page will now show your latest blog posts
How to Create a Static Home Page in WordPress
To create a custom homepage in WordPress requires creating a new page. You then use this new page as your home page. Follow these steps.
Create A New Page
1. From the WordPress Admin Menu, select Pages
2. Select the “Add New” button at the top of the page next to “Pages”. The “Add New Page” page will be displayed.
3. Enter “Home” in the text below “Add New Page”.
4. Select “Save Draft” on the right-hand side of the page under “Publish”. The page is saved in Draft status.
5. You can then add content to your page.
6. When you are done, select “Publish”
Once you have the page created, you need to change the WordPress setting to show the page as your WordPress homepage instead of a listing of blog posts.
Change WordPress Reading Settings
1. From the WordPress Admin Menu, Settings and then Reading.
2. Next to “Your homepage displays”, select “A static page (select below)”
3. Select “Home” in the drop-down box next “Homepage”
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Save Changes”
Go to your Home Page. It now displays the static content you entered.
Now that you have created a custom homepage in WordPress, you need to add content. In my next article, How To Create A Page In WordPress, I go in deeper on how to create pages.
Check out the following WordPress tutorials and WordPress guides:
- Learn WordPress: Getting Started With WordPress CMS
- One-Click WordPress Install and Set Up
- How To Choose A WordPress Theme
- How To Install WordPress Themes
- Customizing WordPress Themes
- Top 7 WordPress Tips For Beginners
- Popular WordPress Plugins
- How To Create A Custom Homepage In WordPress
- How To Create A Page In WordPress
- WordPress Admin Panel Guide
- WordPress Admin Getting Started Guide
- How To Edit The WordPress Menu Bar
- WordPress Category Page: How Categories Work In WordPress
- WordPress Tag Page: How Tags Work In WordPress
- Your WordPress Media Library Questions Answered
- Easy Way To Edit Images In WordPress: Resize, Flip, Rotate, And Crop Explained
- Add WordPress Post: How To Create A WordPress Post Now
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