Choosing which page displays your WordPress blog

BlogWordPress is a common platform for blogs and websites used by many small businesses and it’s pretty likely that as a VA you’ll be asked to help manage a WordPress site at one tine or another. Because WordPress was primarily designed as a blogging platform, the blog feed is set by default to display on the home page but sometimes you might want to add some different information to your home page and show the blog feed elsewhere. The setting you need to change this are in the control panel of your site, under Reading Settings

First you need to log in to the control panel of your site

Then from the left hand menu select settings > reading

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You’ll see a page with various options for your pages. Under the section named ‘front page displays’ select ‘a static page

From the next drop down box choose the page that you would like to set as your home page

Then from the following box select the page that you would like your blog feeds to show on

You’ll also see a few other settings for your blog here which can be changed, such as the number of blog feeds to show on your page and whether to show the full post or a summary.

When you’re done, click ‘save changes’ and that’s all there is to it!

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  1. Really interesting article Steph, thanks. I’d be interested to hear what you think about this. I’m experienced in WordPress and I’m blogging for a client whose WordPress site has some issues. Even though I have the settings exactly as suggested, the posts don’t appear on the blog page but on a page …… The only way I can make them appear individually for promotion on SM is by adding a category or selecting a category eg topic and I will get ….co/category/topic. Any thoughts please?

    • Hi Debby. That’s an interesting one. The first thing that springs to mind would be that it has some other custom settings somewhere? Is it a custom built WordPress site? As an example, on my own website I use posts for content a few different pages, and so my actual blog page is set to only show posts that are tagged with a certain category. These settings are written into the code of the site, rather than as a setting you can change. When you say the posts don’t appear on the ‘blog’ page, do you mean that you have created a page called ‘blog’ and it’s not showing your posts? Sometimes the page itself will have different settings or templates that you can use. These are found by opening the page itself and on the right hand side there is a box called ‘page attributes’ – here they should be a dropdown box called ‘template’ – is there an option here to set it to blog feed or blog?

  2. Thanks for the answer Steph – sorry for the delay in responding but I have been trying to get an answer out of the website designer. It’s become apparent that it is something to do with the custom settings…I’ve left it in his hands!!


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