How to Use Static Front Page in WordPress

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I get this question a lot:

  • How do I create a website, and which platform should I start with?

My recommendation is always to go with WordPress. Using WordPress for your website will give you many advantages, including better SEO, an easy to use dashboard, and most importantly, the cost involved is less than a custom-built website.

Now, when it comes to websites, we all know that having a static front page is crucial, and with WordPress, you can make one really easily.

In this article, I will be quickly showing you how you can use any page on your WordPress blog as a static front page. With some custom template options, you can create a great looking homepage.

How to use any WordPress page as a homepage for WordPress blog:

By default, WordPress shows your recent posts on the homepage, which is good for a blog layout. But for a more “traditional” website layout, we will likely be dealing with pages only (i.e. no posts).

WordPress gives you the ability to create any 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 to setting up your static homepage:

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

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

Now, all we need to do is use the newly created page as the homepage for our WordPress blog.

  • Go to Settings > Reading and here you will see an option to configure the “Front page display”.

By default, the “Your latest posts” option is selected, and you can change it by selecting the second option.

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  • From the drop down, select which page you wish to show as your homepage.

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In my case, since I want my site to give the advantage of content marketing, I’ve integrated my blog onto the homepage. I’ve created a separate page called “Blog” and all of my content shows on that page.

One of the major mistakes which I have seen people making with their business WordPress website is they integrate “Blog” at a sub-directory level. It’s better to take advantage of the content on your main domain.

Moreover, when we set the “Posts page”, it will pull up content automatically, and you don’t need to take help of any custom template. You can read more about it on the official documentation here.

Here is an example of a homepage from one of my WordPress websites:

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If you can, for a homepage, it’s better if you can get a template developer, or search for some premium website themes for WordPress in any of the premium WordPress theme clubs.

In general, you should know that creating a website with WordPress is easier, and it gives you more control and advantages than any other platform.

You can also refer to my WordPress guide for more WordPress related tutorials.

Here are some WordPress DIY articles which you may also find interesting:

Do let me know if you have any questions related to setting up a static homepage on WordPress in the comments below.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

13 thoughts on “How to Use Static Front Page in WordPress”

  1. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 ;
    )

  9. 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 :-))

  10. Nice article

    I want static page on homepage! I made one new page on homepage! But I m confused for yoast seo and header.php

    Will I add title and meta from yoast seo?
    or
    will I add to write meta description and title and keyword on header.php?
    Or
    Both will I add both title and meta from seo and add meta description and title on header.php? Solve me?

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