How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts – Newbie WordPress Tutorials
In another article, we have showed you how to specify any page on your website as your home page.
If you go through that tutorial, you will learn that, used right “out of the box”, WordPress acts as a “blog” and presents a self-updating list of recently-published blog posts.
On a blog page, your blog users can see the headlines and first paragraph or two of the content displayed for each blog post published, and links to separate post pages which contain the full article (e.g. “click here to learn more”…)
Note: How your blog posts display on your site depends on the WordPress theme you use.
To learn more about WordPress themes, see this article: WP Themes – An Introduction
We then showed you how to change your site from looking like a “blog” that displays a dynamic list of recently-published posts, to looking more like a “website” with a fixed home page …
Go here if you would like to learn more: How To Create A Static Home Page In WordPress
Now, what if you want to use your site as both a website and a blog, so visitors can be greeted by a home page when landing on your site like a regular website, but also be able to view your most recent articles on a “blog” section of your site?
Simple … just create a blog page!
WordPress lets you easily create a “blog” area in your web site that will display new post entries to readers with the latest entries displaying at the top of the page.
In this step-by-step tutorial you are going to learn how to easily create a blog page that will display your latest articles.
Tutorial: How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Posts
As we have already explained, in a default WordPress installation, your website acts as a blog, showing the newest entries dynamically (i.e. not fixed) on the welcome page.
In this instance, however, we want our website to look like a static web site (i.e. with a “fixed” home page), but also have an additional “blog” page.
To create a Blog Page then, first you need to create a new page.
In your WP admin area, choose Pages > Add New …
You can call this page anything you want (e.g. “Blog”, “Updates”, “Health Blog,” etc). For simplicity’s sake, let’s call this page “Blog”…
Important: Leave this page entirely blank. Do not add anything into the content editor section.
After adding your new page title, publish your new page to create the Blog Page…
Your Blog Page is now created, but we’re not quite done yet. We still have to instruct WordPress to make the Blog Page be the page that will display your blog entries.
After saving and publishing your blog page, choose Settings > Reading from your WordPress admin menu …
In the Reading Settings area, make sure that you have the following options configured:
- Select A static page.
- In Posts page: find the page you have just created from the dropdown menu.
- Click Save Changes to update your settings …
Now, whenever users click on the “Blog” link on your site, your Blog Page will present them with your most recent blog post entries…
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a blog area on your site that will automatically display your latest published blog post items.
See this tutorial to learn how to change the number of blog posts to display on your WP blog: How To Change The Number Of Blog Posts Displaying On Your WP Blog
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