Creating a Static Front Page isn’t just fun and innovative it also makes your blog look more like a professional website and less like a “blog”. Static front pages give all your readers and visitors the same welcome. Be it an announcement, how to get around or what your site offers, one thing is for sure, it is informative and it is direct. You can have your site be purely static or you can make it a hybrid blog and also include a “blog” page. Both have their own pros and cons.
- Content driven, giving your viewers all the same home page helps show important things like: Sales, Tour dates, Wedding announcements, Galleries, etc.
- Super clean set up
- Certain Widgets or Plugins like Tidio Gallery work better for a site with a static front page
- Page based with hyperlinks being a top priority to maneuver through the site
- Not good for sites that upload blog style content often and have their main enterprise as a blog instead of an E-commerce or retail site
- More page clicks can be a burden for those with slow computers
Not everyone plans to publish posts, and if that person is you and you just want a static page all you will need is to set a home page and don’t worry about setting up a blog page. The directions below will still walk you through this you just have to do a little bit less. To start off, you will need a WordPress blog with a few things open on the back end:
- Page > Add New (Blog) –If you are wanting a non-hybrid blog model ignore this.
- Page > Add New (Home)
- Appearance > Customize
There are many ways for you to set a static Page as your front Page. It differs from self-hosted and hosted sites.
With this way you are able to set up your Static Front Page by going from Settings > Reading. It’s a simpler less UI intensive way to set this up. When you arrive on the Back-end of your blog scroll down to “Settings”. Then once you arrived on the “reading” settings page you have two radio buttons to choose from. “Your latest posts” and “A static page”. Clicking a static page you have the two drop downs for the Front page option and the Posts page option. Set your Front (static) page as your “home” and your Posts (blog) page as your “blog”. When finished go to your pages to set up what you are saying on your home page and your blog page will already have all of your blog posts ready for you!
Option two: Customization*
This is the more visual way of setting up your Static front Page. You not only get to set it up but you get to see everything you change in real time. (For the most part it really only counts towards the artistic change options.) For me I am using the Showcase Theme TwentyEleven in the pictures used for this article. To get to this view, navigate from appearance to customize by hovering over appearance. That will bring you to your welcome page with a light blue side bar with options like Colors, Header, Layout, etc. If you go to “Front” and click it you will get to your front end choices. As you can see below, you have two choices: Your latest posts and a Static page. Your latest posts in clicked by default. Assuming you did step one and created a new page, once you select “A Static Page” a few more options will pop up. Clicking “Front Page” you will then see a drop down menu. Scroll till you find your new page you want to use as your Static Front Page, click it and you are done! You now have a static front page! The next step would be to set your blog page and you will have both a static page and a blog page. Now whenever you have visitors they will be able to read your static page full of information and then veer off to your blog to delve further into your site. Enjoy! * Note: Not all themes have the customization capability. I included it for those who wanted to learn more than just one way to set up a Static Front Page.