How to Use Static Front Page in WordPress

When ever anyone ask me how do I create a Website and which platform I should start with, My recommendation is to go with WordPress. Using WordPress for your Website platform will give you many advantages which includes better SEO, easy to use dashboard and most important cost involved is lesser than going for a custom built Website. Now, when it comes to Website we all know having a static front page is crucial part and one can do it easily with WordPress.

In this article, I will be quickly showing you how you can use any page of your WordPress blog as static front page and with custom template options, you can have a great looking homepage.

How to use Any WordPress Page as Homepage for WordPress blog?

By default, WordPress shows your recent post on Homepage, which is good for blog layout but for a Website layout, we wil be dealing with pages only. WordPress gives you ability to create a page and use it as your homepage. If you are new to WordPress, here is a starter guide:

Here is a step by step guide:

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard
  • Click on Pages > Add new
  • Create a new page and give it any name. Ex: Homepage

If your theme offers custom template option or your theme designer has created a custom template for your homepage, you can select that too from the page.

Now, all we need to do is, use newly created page as home page for our WordPress blog. Go to Settings > Reading and there you will see an option to configure Front page display. By default, Your latest posts option is selected and you can change it by selecting the second option.

Static Front Page WordPress

From the drop down you can select which page you wish to show as your homepage. So, here is final settings look like:

WordPress Front Page

In my case, since I wanted my site to give advantage of content marketing, I integrated blog in the main domain. I created a seperate page call Blog and all my content shows in that page. One of the major mistake which I have seen people making with their business WordPress Website is, they integrate Blog at sub-directory level which is not required. It’s better to take advantage of content on your main domain. More over, When we set Posts page, it will pull up content automatically and you don’t need to take help of custom template. You can read more about it on the official documentation here. Here is an example of homepage from one of my WordPress Website:

WordPress Homepage

But for homepage, it’s better if you can get a template developer or you can search for some premium Website theme for WordPress in any of Premium WordPress theme Club. Now, you know creating Website with WordPress is easier and more over, it gives you more control and advantage than any other platform. You can also refer to my WordPress guide for more WordPress related tutorials.

Here are some WordPress DIY article, which you would like to try:

Do let me know if you have any questions related to it and I would love to take your questions.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 12 )

  1. iSelektor says

    Hey dude, this is a great tutorial. I recently adopted the static page in WordPress for my home page on one of my blogs, so your tutorial came in very handy, thank you very much :-))

  2. says

    I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this site.
    I am hoping to check out the same high-grade content from you later on as well.
    In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own blog now ;

  3. Paul Profitt says

    Hi Harsh

    I have always used and preferred, the static home page look. I display all of my latest blog posts in the Sidebar. In my opinion it gives my blog a cleaner and less busy look and feel.

  4. Sadhil Kumar says

    I enjoyed reading this post. Good post for those who alternatively want to use WordPress more of a business website than using it as a blog. Creative landing pages can be designed using the static front page.

  5. Fabrizio says

    Hey Harsh, this is a great tutorial mate. I recently adopted the static page in WordPress for my home page on one of my blogs, so your tutorial came in very handy, thanks :)

  6. says

    I prefer the “latest posts” method than the “static page” for the blog homepage. Because homepage of blog which updated frequently, this way will forces Google to be index latest post quicker and regularly. And increase possibilitas to get higher page rank for the blog and also possibilitas the top ranking at Google for for each posting. Once any pages get top ranking at Google for particular keywords then the blog gets traffic from Google.

  7. kamlesh nishad says

    Superb tutorial !! I was confused that how can 1st home page be default and all post in/blog i thought that we need to create /blog directory and installing wordpress and then start blogging in blog section. But you made very simple to do this task. Thank you very much for sharing this.

  8. Nizam Khan says

    Informative post, it is really useful. Well yes, by default recent posts are shown on homepage, it’s good for blog layout. But for a Website layout, pages layout works better and having static page is a good strategy. Thanks Harsh for sharing this guide :)

  9. Rounak Baral says

    I am moving to WordPress now after exploring blogger a lot.. Now I want to be a good WordPress designer . So need to know about WordPress now and I found your blog pretty useful for it.