Having a well designed, user-friendly homepage is an absolute must if you want your online business to succeed. Most of the time, it is the first thing that new visitors sees, and you do know how much first impressions matter, right?
You can actually create a static page and turn it into your homepage. Neat, right? In this article, I’ll teach you all of the tips and tricks on how to make a static page your homepage.
Let’s get right to it!
What is Static Front Page?
To put it simply, a static front page is used to display custom picked content from your website.
By default, when you use WordPress, your homepage will be a display of your most recent content – a dynamic website. However, if you want to create a business website, that might not be a favorable option.
Meanwhile, a static page will display content hand-picked by you. If you want your front page to stay the same and display specific information, a static page is your go-to choice.
If you create a static page for your product-related posts, you won’t need to worry about new updates burying important information.
A static page is also useful if you want to have a specific welcome message. It will make your website more elegant and professional.
How to Create a Static Front Page in WordPress?
To help you out, here are the steps to create a static front page:
1. Create the Static Front Page
Go to your Admin Dashboard -> Pages -> Add New. You need to create original content for your homepage, so make sure everything is written and looks well.
2. Creating a Placeholder
After designing your front page, you need to create another page as a placeholder. This page will be used to show your latest blog posts.
The process is pretty much just like the previous step. You should use another title for the page though. In this case, I will use the title Blog. Don’t forget to publish it!
3. Set the Static Front Page
Now it’s time for us to set the static page as your front page. Of course, let’s not forget to set our placeholder so that it would display our blog posts.
On your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings, and then choose Reading. WordPress will redirect you to the Reading Settings.
Next to Your homepage displays section, tick the A static page option. Then, set the pages you made previously as your Homepage and Posts page. In my case, I used “Welcome to My Home Page” as my homepage, while “Blog” as my posts page.
When you’re done, press Save Changes.
Hold up, you’re not finished yet!
To make your static pages accessible, you should place them on your website as menus.
First, you must go to Appearance and then Menu on your dashboard. In the Menus section, add a new menu with any name you want. After that, tick the pages you just made on the Add menu items section, and then press Add to Menu.
After you have added your desired pages, you can rearrange them in any way you want. Press Save Menu when you are done.
And you’re done! The final result should look something like this:
Try It Yourself!
As you can see, it is not hard to create static pages. Here’s a short summary:
- Create a static front page
- Create a placeholder
- Go to your website’s reading settings and set your homepage and posts page
Now that you know how to make static pages, why don’t you try it yourself?