Using a WordPress Page as Your Home Page

written by BlogEx on March 25, 2013 in WordPress Wednesdays with 141 comments
This has been tested to work in WordPress 2.X and above. This article was last updated in March, 2013.

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QUESTION: I’d like to use something other than my recent posts as my home page. Is that possible within WordPress?

It’s not only possible it’s relatively easy. The first step is to create a page to serve as your new home page. For the purpose of this example, we’ll call it “My New Home Page.”

  1. In your WP control panel, select the Pages tab.
  2. Click on Add New.
  3. Give the page a title – something like, “HOMEPAGE”
  4. Create the content for your home page just as you would a blog post.
  5. Click the Publish button.

While you’re still in the Write Page subpanel, create a second page:

  1. Title this one “RECENT POSTS” (or whatever you want to call the page that your recent posts appear on).
  2. You don’t need to have any Page Content for this one.
  3. Click the Publish button.

Now you’re ready tell WP to use your new page as the home page:

  1. In the Settings panel on the left navigation select Reading.
  2. At the top of the Reading Options subpanel you’ll see:
    How To Set Page As Homepage In WordPress - Step 1
  3. To change the front page to your new home page, select “A static page” for Front page displays.
  4. Select “HOMEPAGE” from the Front page drop down menu.
  5. Finally, be sure to tell WP which page to use to display your recent posts. From the Posts page menu select the “Recent Posts” page you created earlier. As you can see in the picture below, our posts page has not been set yet.
    How To Set Page As Homepage In WordPress - Step 2
  6. Click Save Changes.

View your site. “HOMEPAGE” should now be your home page. You also do not need to put the title in all caps. This was simply done for our example.

Note: Any Page content you have entered for the page you designate as your Posts page will be overwritten by the listing of your recent posts. The content will still be there, it simply won’t show while you have that particular page set as the Post page.

See also the WordPress Codex page: Reading Options Subpanel

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