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Static Front or Home Page in WordPress

Static Front or Home Page in WordPress

Posted by Geoffrey Fortier On September - 5 - 2011 Viewed:  

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After working long enough in WordPress you often forget that some of the scenarios you take for granted are actually quite common for new users.  A classic example is the “Static Front or Home Page” feature in WordPress. One reason why many users initially think that WordPress is merely a blog platform instead of a robust and flexible Content Management System is that, by default, many themes put the blog posts front and center on the home page. However, this is not a technical limitation in WordPress sites using any well-designed theme.  You can easily configure your WordPress site to display a traditional or static page instead, for a less “bloggy” feel.

WordPress Settings ReadThe first step is to create a page that will serve as your new Home page.  You do this exactly the same way that you create any other Page in WordPress, using the Add New feature underneath Pages from your WordPress Dashboard.

Once you are satisfied with it (you can always use the Preview feature to get an sneak preview), be sure to Publish it.  If you already have a Page created you’d like to use instead, feel free to skip this step.

Now the “magic” part.  In your WordPress Dashboard go to the Settings section and click on Reading. This will open a page of settings that will allow you tell WordPress to serve up your static page instead of the usual list of blog articles.

WordPress Reading Settings

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Change the Front page displays radio button from Your latest posts to A static page.  In the drop down box labeled Front Page select the Page you want to use as your new Home page. They should be listed by Page title and child pages will be indented beneath their Parent pages. Click Save Changes.

That’s it, you’re done. Visiting your site’s root url, you should now see the static home page you selected.

Disclaimer: Some specialized themes have features built in that override this feature or already utilize a static home page feature. You may have to refer to your theme’s documentation or contact the author for more information.

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