As many people these days use WordPress as a good old-fashioned “website” platform FIRST, and a blogging platform second, they often don’t want their blog posts showing up on their homepage. Instead, they want a blog section off the homepage that they can easily link to.
Luckily, achieving this in WordPress is a lot simpler than it used to be. We’ll run through the 3 easy steps below.
Step 1 – Create a New Page
The first thing you’ll want to do is to create a new Page (not a Post). This Page will be blank. You’ll need to give it a title and that’s all. Perhaps you’ll want to give it the title “Blog.” (Pages > Add New)
If you do not already have a static front page (i.e. a homepage that does NOT have your latest blog posts running down the middle of it), then you will want to create a second Page (perhaps called “Homepage”). What you put in this Page will show up on your homepage.
(Note: Some themes will already have something other than blog posts on the homepage, and so this step *may* be unnecessary for you. It will depend on your theme.)
Step 2 – Set New Location for Blog Posts
The next step is to direct your blog posts to show up in your newly created blog post section (i.e. the “Blog” Page you created).
If you are creating a static front page (e.g. “Homepage”), then you can set that in this step too.
Go to Settings > Reading.
Select the “static page” settings, and then choose your “Homepage” Page for the “Front page” of your site (if you need it). Then select your “Blog” Page for your “Posts page.”
Remember to save your changes.
Step 3 – Create a Menu Link for Your Blog Section
Lastly, you’ll want to create a menu item for your new blog section. Go to Appearance > Menus, and create a menu item to your newly create “Blog” page.
And that’s it. Turning a blogging-first platform into a “website” is a snap with WordPress.
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