Creating a Static Front Page

By default, WordPress shows your most recent posts in reverse chronological order on the front page of your site. Many WordPress users want a static front page or splash page as the front page instead. This “static front page” look is common for users desiring static or welcoming information on the front page of the site.

The look and feel of the front page of the site is based upon the choices of the user combined with the features and options of the WordPress Theme.

To create the static front page, go to the WordPress Administration Panels.

  1. Create a Front Page: In Pages choose Add New Page.
    • Title it “Home”.
      1. If the WordPress Theme offers an option to change the look and feel of the front page, select the Template in the Page Attributes panel box.
      2. Add content you would like to see within the content area of the static front page.
      3. Publish the Page.
  2. Create a Blog Page: If choosing to add a blog, choose Add New Page again.
    • Title it “Blog,” “News,” “Articles,” or an appropriate name.
      1. Do not use a custom Page template for this page
      2. Do not add content. Any content here will be ignored — only the Title is used.
      3. Publish the Page.
  3. Go to Administration > Settings > Reading panel
    • Set Front page displays to a static page
      1. In the drop down menu for Front Page select “Home.”
      2. In the drop down menu for Posts page select “Blog” or the name you created, or leave it blank if you will not feature posts on the site.
      3. Save changes.