WPBeginner is using WordPress if you can’t tell already, but we have a custom design. One of the part about our design is that we have a custom homepage. You may see many websites on the web using a custom homepage for their WordPress. In this tutorial we will show you how you can create a custom homepage by combining the use of custom page template, and WordPress admin panel.
Before you read any further, one of the thing you must understand is:
So read the above post before you continue to follow this tutorial. You will need to have a custom page created already as mentioned in the article above. Once you have a custom page created to fit your need for the homepage, you will need to create another page using the technique mentioned in the method above except you will just copy and paste the index.php codes in that template and name it blogblog.php or something along this line letting you know that the template is for blog pages.
Click on Settings > Reading
Select the option of Static Page, now select one of your page to be the homepage, while another page to be your blogpage.
Once you have done that, save the settings and now you have a custom homepage.
You will now have a custom page being displayed as your front page, and a separate page being displayed as your blog page.
Method 2 does not involve the use of Custom Page Template Technique. All you have to do is create a new file and name it home.php, and you can use any WordPress parameters in there. This file will automatically take over your index.php, and it will be displayed as your homepage. You can use this method if you do not want to have a separate blog page.