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How to Create a Separate Page for Blog Posts in WordPress

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How to Create a Separate Page for Blog Posts in WordPress

By default WordPress displays your content in a blog format on the homepage. But what if you want to create a custom homepage in WordPress? Where does your blog page go? In this article, we will show you how to create a separate page for blog posts in WordPress.

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Using Default Static and Blog Page Settings in WordPress

WordPress comes with built-in support for creating a custom home page (static front page), and a separate page for blog posts. To use this method, you need to create two new WordPress pages. The first page is going to be your custom home page. In your WordPress admin, go to Pages » Add New to create a new page. You can title this page Home. On the right hand side, you will see Page Attributes box with an option to choose a template.

Select a page template for your home page

Most modern WordPress themes come with custom page templates that can be used for the static front page of your website. In this example we are using the Twenty Twelve theme which comes with a front page template. After choosing the template, the next thing you need to do is to click on screen options at the top right corner of the screen and check the discussion box.

Display discussions meta box on post edit screen

This will display discussion meta box below the post edit area. Uncheck both comments and trackbacks to disable discussion on the home page.

Turn off comments on your blog page

Next you need to create another page for your blog posts. You can title this page as Blog. A lot of WordPress themes come with different templates, and it is possible that your theme may have a template to be used for blog page. However, if there is no template available in your theme, then you can simply choose default. Don’t forget to disable the comments and trackbacks option on this page as well.

What we have done here is created two pages which we will use to display a custom homepage and a page for blog posts. Now we need to get WordPress to use these pages accordingly. To do that go to Setttings » Reading and under the Front page displays option choose A static page. Below that choose the page to be used as the front page and the page for your blog posts.

Setting a blog page in WordPress

Save your changes, and load your site to review changes. You may want to display the blog page in your navigation menus. To do that go to Appearance » Menus and add blog page to your menu.

We hope this article helped you create a custom page for blog posts in WordPress. For feedback and questions please leave us a comment or reach us on twitter @WPBeginner.


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Comments

  1. Riaz says:

    Been searching hours for this, thank you Syed!

  2. Christina Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. It has been very useful. I now have a menu of separate categories for my blog. I will be back I am sure!

  3. rovingjay says:

    Worked like a charm … thanks for the really helpful video. I’ve been wanted to switch to a static home page but didn’t know how to also have a blog post page – one simple search and I found wpbeginner! Really appreciate it. thanks, Jay

  4. aprav kumar says:

    Thanks but After i did this Widgets missing from Blog Page
    I am using Minamaze theme
    and using plugin “eCommerce Product Catalog” by impleCode for product catalog ,since i dont want sidebar widgets to appear in all pages I used plugin “Widget logic” to make widgets appear just 2 pages which are “Blog” post page and “Products” Page .
    And then all the posts are appearing in “Home” Page which is front page , so i changed “Static Front Page” Option from “Latest posts” to “Static Page” and FrontPage to Home and Posts Page to Blog , The moment i saved …. Widgets in “Blog” Page dissappeard but in “products” page it is showing up …..

    Please Help me with this…. I am newbie in WordPress( just 2 days)

  5. Jenny says:

    this is happening to me, too, did you get an answer?

  6. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Many WordPress themes use a full width page template for pages with no sidebars. You can see if there are multiple templates available by editing the page in WordPress. When you will edit the page on your right hand you will see a meta box labeled templates with a dropdown menu. Try switching templates to see if you have one with the sidebar.

  7. Jonella says:

    I have a Blog page already. The blog posts appeared when I made a page edit and then they didn’t. I tried to revert back to the previously saved version but the posts aren’t there anymore. I can find the posts in the Posts section, they’re just not “connecting” to the Blog page anymore if that makes sense. I’m slightly panicking. Can someone help me out?

  8. Ojabierto says:

    Thanks a lot, you saved my night!

  9. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Jill this means your blog page is not working correctly, please follow the instructions carefully again.

  10. Jill says:

    This worked great for me but my blog page doesn’t have my blogs on – they are showing on the home page in a list in sidebar with “Archive”

  11. Aniee says:

    Nice , Could you explain a bit will the Seo work? in same way ? please elaborate. wile creating a seperate blog page , will seo of the website as a whole be effected, i mean with ‘/blog’ is better or just http://www.website.com , or both are same ? (in regards to seo)

  12. Henrique says:

    This was really useful and fast to read/implement, thanks!

  13. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Twenty Thirteen supports templates.

  14. sumeet kumar says:

    i can not understand the blog and cms in websites. please help…..

  15. David says:

    Looks like Twenty Thirteen, the theme I am using, doesn’t support this template feature which Twenty Twelve has. Right? What’s the solution in this case then? Any ideas?

  16. Francois says:

    How do I get the posts on my homepage I made a blog to display the posts as a list?

  17. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Did you try disabling comments on the home page by editing it?

    Your blog page is just a placeholder. You are not supposed to edit it. The display of your blog entries on that page is handled by your theme.

    Go to pages and edit the blog page. Under Page Attributes meta box, select default template and save your changes.

    Hope this helps.

  18. Claudius_II says:

    Am attempting to create a blog on a blog page and have a fixed front page for my website. Have followed all your instructions as above and still comments [or blogs?] appear on the front page.

    The blogs page has no fields for inserting comments or blog entries. I’ve disabled comments for this page so only blog comments should appear here.

    Under Reading Settings have done exactly what you illustrate, a static front page and blogs to a blogs page. Have a menu item on my front page aslo which goes to blogs page. Blogs page exists but is unwritable.
    What am I doing wrong?

    Using the commercial “X” theme.
    site is here:

    Note some page links not working for all pages.

    Thanks very much for any help.

  19. firdaus says:

    thanks. it works just nice

  20. Anne says:

    I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on books and courses to try to learn WordPress. Your tutorials are the first thing that finally enabled me to do what I need to do with my website. Thank you!

  21. SmartglassesHQ says:

    This is so helpful.. I always forget how to do this and end up ridiculously frustrated. I’ll try to remember for next time.

  22. Yousuf Atik says:

    Is there a way to post blog entries in different pages of the site? I would like to divide my blog into 3 section and post different blog entries in the different pages

    • WPBeginner Staff says:

      Yes, there are several ways to do this. You can create categories for each section and use the categories in your site’s navigation menu. Then you can use a static page as your site’s front page.

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