There are a few situations where bloggers don’t want their front page (‘Home’) to display their latest post and want a static page instead.
About Static Front Pages
Educators occasionally use a static home page to provide background information to parents or students about the purpose of the blog. Their Home page normally contains content that rarely changes and latest posts are viewed by clicking on the link to the Posts page.
As this is a common ‘how do you’ question in the Edublogs forum, which can be tricky, I’ve decided to write detailed instructions. Yes, I’ve used screenshots of the latest version of WordPress MU since Edublogs is upgrading soon. The method is the same regardless of version.
Please remember this isn’t necessarily your best option. Take the time to first learn more about:
How To Create a Static Home Page
2. Give the page the title Home, write the content you want displayed on the front page of your blog and click then Publish.
3. Click Page > Add New again and create a new page titled Posts. You don’t need to add content to this page since this is the page that will display your latest posts.
4. Go to Settings > Reading
5. Change your settings to A Static page with Front page: Home and Post Page: Posts and then click Save Changes.
The front page of your blog should contains the content that your wrote for the Home page and your latest posts are viewed by clicking on the link to the Posts page.
However with some themes you end up with two Home links. This happens because many themes are hard coded to display “Home” link even when there are no other pages on the blog.
To remove the second Home link you just edit the Home page to make it a sub page of another page.
How Make Sub Pages
1. Go to Pages > Edit
2. Hover over Title Home to bring up action links and click on Edit
3. In the attribute module change the page from being a main page (parent) to be locating under another page (its parent page) and click Update Page. In the example below the home page is now located under the About page.
Tip: If you’re planning to delete the About page you would locate it under the post page.
Can you share a link to your blog If you use a static homepage so others see how you are using it? Can you also explain why you have chosen this approach as opposed to a front post page?
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