Blogging Tools: Static Front Page

What are you talking about, Trina?
WordPress calls the front page – the first page a visitor typically encounters – “home.” This is where you land if you type in your blog’s address, say, http://raforbeginners.wordpress.com. (Though there is no page is this URL, your browser will take you “home” as default.)

Blogs can be formatted in a variety of ways. Some people prefer to have their posts on the home page, changing each time they post. Some prefer that home page to always look the same, with a link to the blog (and whatever else). This second option would be a static home page.

Intrigued?
Setting up this home page is fairly simple. Let’s walk through.

1. Make a page.
WordPress (blue): Pages > Add
WP Admin (black): Pages > Add New
WordPress should adapt to your page title, but something like “Home” is probably clearest.

2. Publish your page.

3. Set that page to home.
WordPress: Themes > Customize > Static Front Page
WP Admin: Appearance > Customize > Static Front Page
Select “A static page,” then set the appropriate Front and Posts pages. (“Content” is the default page for blog posts.)

Ta-da! Now you have an unchanging page to greet visitors to your blog.

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