Most sites have a front page that acts as the virtual “face” of your business and greets every visitor arriving on your website via the front door.
The front page of your site is critical because it is the first page a visitor sees when they arrive on your site. It leaves a lasting first impression when they come from Google or Bing.
The home-page can also act as a splash page to catch the attention of visitors. The home page lets your visitors know, what you do and who you are and also direct them find their way to other relevant pages on the site.
In a traditional website, the main page and its content are normally intrinsically part of the home page file structure (e.g. www.mywebsite.com/index.php). If you want your rabid readers to see a different content on your front page when they visit your site via the main URL (i.e. mywebsite.com/), you would need to edit the content of the page, or log into your server and change file names around.
WordPress makes things easy as possible for users, especially for website owners do not want to fiddle around with stuff like editing page code in theme files.
Right out of the box, WordPress acts as a “blog” and presents a the most recent list of public posts. The post headlines and an excerpt of the content displayed for each post published, and links pointing to separate page that contain the full content (e.g. “see more, click to read more” …)
With WordPress, you are given the ability to create as many pages and posts as you need and specifying which page you want assigned to the home page of your site.
Better still, you can also replace the home page of your website as often as you like, without touching the content, just by creating multiple pages you can point to as the site’s main page, and then selecting the one you want to display as the homepage of your site.
This feature is very handy to have. For example, you may want readers arriving on your website to:
- Watch a video presentation
- Read an important announcement on a separate page before navigating to other sections of your site
- Promote a new “book of the week” each week, or “product of the month.”
- Promote seasonal offers (e.g. a “Father’s Day” themed offer as Father’s Day comes closer.)
- View different category of your shop’s catalog at regularly-spaced intervals (e.g. quarterly), or special occasions (e.g. local sports, concerts in your area))
- View info on “split-test” sales offers (create two or more sales pages with similar content to test different page elements. For example headlines or a sales video, pricing levels, different colors, etc., then display one version of the home page for a set of specific time. Then run the other page for the same amount of time to see which page tests better and delivers more conversions)
- Or land on a “pre-launch/Coming Soon” page if your site hasn’t officially launched yet!
How To Make Any Page Of Your Choice Become The Website’s Home Page In WordPress: Step-By-Step Tutorial
To easily set any page on your site or blog as your home page., log into your site, and then go to your navigation menu and click on Settings > Reading.
In the Reading Settings screen, follow below:
- Front page displays: select “A static page.”
- Front page: Left-Click on the drop down menu and chose the page you want to set as your Home Page (you can choose any of the pages listed in this menu)
Click Save Changes when finished to update your settings and change the home page.
Click Save then click on Visit Site (tip: right-click and select “Open Link In New Tab” to open the site in a new window without leaving your WordPress dashboard) …
The page you chose in Front page displays > A static page should be showing as your site’s home page …
You can choose a new homepage for your website as often as you want, simply by repeating the above steps and selecting a different page.
Your newly-chosen page will become the new home page as soon as you hit the ‘Save’ button.
Useful Tip: When you assign a page as the homepage of your website, WP changes the root domain to the URL of the page.
This means that if you make a page with the URL shown below into your home page:
The page mentioned above will be given the following URL for as long as it remains the home page:
Type the “original” URL of the page you have now chosen as the new homepage into your browser, WordPress will direct you back to the homepage.
Also, if you specify another page to be the static home page, WordPress will reassign the previous website back to its original URL.
Congratulations! Now you know how to set a page in WordPress as a static home page.
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