How To Set A Custom Homepage With WordPress

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Depending on your website, a blog feed as a homepage may not be optimal. In this post we show you how to set a custom static homepage.

  • Create two WordPress Pages from the “Add New Page” panel. You may already have your desired landing page created. If you will not be using WordPress blogging functionality, you can skip the second page altogether.
  • Title the first page “Home” (or another name) to be used as your “static” front page.
  • Set the “Home page” template to the default template or any custom template. Do not title your template home.php as this could cause a conflict.

Wordpress Custom Homepage

  • Add content you would like to see within the content area of the “Home” page.
  • Publish the Page.
  • Title the second page “Blog” (or you could call it “News”, “Articles”, etc.). This page will be a place-holder for showing the Posts on your site.
  • Do not use a custom Page template for this page! home.php or index.php will be used to generate this page.
  • DO NOT add content to the Blog Page. Leave it blank. Any content here will be ignored — only the Title is used. The content will be created dynamically using PHP.
  • Publish the Page.
  • From the Dashboard click Settings > Reading.
  • Set ‘Front page displays:’ to ‘a static page’ and choose the first page you created above for ‘Front page.’ If your WordPress site will contain a blog section, set ‘Posts page’ to the page you created for this above. Otherwise, leave this blank.
  • Save changes.

Wordpress Custom Homepage

  • From the Dashboard click Settings > Permalinks.
  • Enable “Permalinks” to show the “page title” in the address, since /index.php?p=423 defeats the purpose of making a static front page.

Wordpress Custom Homepage

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