WordPress Front Page Tutorial for a Static Welcome Page

When you set up your blog on WordPress you probably went with the default, but did you know you can change the WordPress front page to be a static welcome page?

It’s really easy, and depending on your approach to building an online presence, it’s a great way to position yourself and your site with quality content.

When you have your blog as the front page, you’re essentially hoping that your latest blog post represents who you are and what you do. But what if you wrote a totally out of the ordinary blog post, or someone just so happens to dislike the topic of the day? That’s where having a WordPress front page that’s static is advantageous!

WordPress Front Page How-to

The breakdown: Changing your wordpress front page

  • First, create a new WordPress page that will become your WordPress front page. I recommend you have a description of what you do, who you serve, and ideally your opt-in offer.
  • Next create a new WordPress page that will be blank, and called it “Blog” or “News”… whatever you’d like your blog page to be called.
  • Go to the “Settings”->”Reading” page in your WordPress dashboard. Where it says “Front page display” switch it to a static page by selecting your new home page from the drop down.
  • Still on the same settings page, select the “Blog” page as the blog area.
  • Depending on your theme you may need to add a new Menu Item to link to your newly created blog page. This will differ from theme to theme.

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15 Comments

  1. Justicewordlaw on July 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Great tutorial that you put out. I have been debating on doing one for my site or if I want to keep it as a blog feeling. I will make a decision by the end of the summer with my graphic designer.



  2. Justicewordlaw on July 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Great tutorial that you put out. I have been debating on doing one for my site or if I want to keep it as a blog feeling. I will make a decision by the end of the summer with my graphic designer.



  3. JenniferPoleSkivviesMichelle on July 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

    This was exactly what I was trying to figure out this weekend – thank you!!!



  4. JenniferPoleSkivviesMichelle on July 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

    This was exactly what I was trying to figure out this weekend – thank you!!!



  5. AnnSheybani on July 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Awesome post. As usual. Food for thought.



  6. AnnSheybani on July 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Awesome post. As usual. Food for thought.



  7. NathLussier on July 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    @AnnSheybani Yay glad this was helpful Ann, and yes food for thought is generally a good thing. :)



  8. NathLussier on July 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    @AnnSheybani Yay glad this was helpful Ann, and yes food for thought is generally a good thing. :)



  9. NathLussier on July 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

    @JenniferPoleSkivviesMichelle Ooh yay I’m so glad this came at the right time Jennifer!



  10. NathLussier on July 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

    @JenniferPoleSkivviesMichelle Ooh yay I’m so glad this came at the right time Jennifer!



  11. NathLussier on July 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

    @Justicewordlaw It’s a great idea to run this by your web designer and see what works best for you and your brand. Glad you liked the tutorial! :)



  12. NathLussier on July 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

    @Justicewordlaw It’s a great idea to run this by your web designer and see what works best for you and your brand. Glad you liked the tutorial! :)



  13. WoW_Account on August 8, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Great post. Thankyou!



  14. jani01 on December 6, 2011 at 11:46 am

    quite simple and great tutorial. Easy to understand.



  15. johndetlefs on January 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Another way is to choose your favorite post and just make it “sticky”.

    A nice and simple tutorial, thanks for sharing!