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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.

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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  • Upasna

    When I go to the ‘Template’ option, in the drop down list, there is no option for Front page Template..!! What do I do now??

    • Jess

      I’m having the same problem

      • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

        If you do not see a Front Page Template, then this means that your theme does not have a template with this name. You can use a template provided by your theme or create a custom page template for your blog page.

  • ali

    I make a blog in your described way but it goes to front page …..
    means that when i click the blog in the menu it show the same page(front page).
    i follow the exact way you mention in tutorial….
    Please help.

  • bob

    Great post. Thanks.

  • DrLightman

    It works, expect in the case I want to use a custom template for the posts page.

    Even if I’m allowed to pick the template when creating the Blog page, and I selecte this page in reading for posts, it seems WP always uses index.php instead of the custom template.

    • Ewa

      I have the same problem and have no idea how to fix it :( Could anybody help..?

  • Motener

    Hi Sir/Mam

    I NEED TO LEAR HOW TO MAKE A BLOG?

    HOW I START?

  • Tash

    Thank you for this! I’ve been working on creating a separate blog tab for my wordpress site and your process was outlined very well (easy to follow!). Thanks for help!

  • Shao

    This was perfect, exactly what i needed. My previous sites used some complicated technique to show posts as a page. But using your method now shows a page with all our blog posts! So simple! Keep up the helpful tips. Am def coming back here if i run into any more issues with WordPress.

  • Matt

    Thanks for this, it worked perfectly on my site using the default 2014 theme.

  • Ana Estrada

    I tried adding the blog to my website, but I does not come out correctly. When I set the home page as the front page and the blog page as the post page, the content on the blog page is the exact same contact you see on my home page. How would I be able to fix this?

  • Johanna

    Thank you very much! This guide solved the exact problem I had.

  • Simon

    Simple instructions but no results, doesnt work but thanks for trying

    • Edgar Lopez

      Don’t say “it doesn’t work” when it obviously does based on the other comments. Sounds like it is user error.

  • Anastasia

    I did that and lost my homepage :((( it says: 404 — Fancy meeting you here!
    Don’t panic, we’ll get through this together. Let’s explore our options here.

    I’m using Responsive theme… Please help!

  • Krish

    Thank you

  • kyra

    hi there… I am using the Customiz’r theme and I am not able to designate my homepage as an actual ‘page’. I want the homepage to be what it is now (see codecompliedcheck.com), but this page shows up in the menu as ‘Custom’, not as ‘Page’, so when I go to the setting to designate my actual homepage as the ‘static page’, it’s not even in the dropdown menu for me to choose. Which means that I’m not able to designate the ‘CCC Blog’ page I created as the ‘posts page’. Can you help me figure this out? Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Kyra, we don’t provide support for WordPress themes (because there are thousands of them). However, did you check theme customize screen located under Appearance » Themes » Customize. You will probably see front page options there.

    • Kelsey

      Kyra did you figure it out? I am having the same problem.

      • Justin

        I am having the same problem as Kyra and Kelsey. Any luck??

  • Digiwebpro

    What about SEO? this page should be indexed? If the page shows the snippets of the posts, then is considerated like duplicate content? Thanks

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      No if it shows snippets of posts, then it is not considered duplicate.

      • Arianne

        How do you get snip it’s to show? I’ve gone to settings – reading -and checked summary, but my blog still shows the full length of the post.

  • edwin

    Hi, thanks for your tutorial, I want to know if it´s posible to have two diferent pages showing diferent posts from a wordpress site. thanks.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Yes it is possible.

      • Cheryl

        How?

        • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

          Create a new template and use WP_Query to select the posts you want to display. We would try to cover this in a tutorial soon. see this:

  • Sam

    Thanks for help.

  • Zeeshan

    One more thing, i’ve asked for the help to support team and they told me to use Visual Composer to create that static home page and blog page, i don’t know how to use Visual Composer to create a static home page… If you are familiar with it then can you make a tutorial for that? It will be great if you make a tutorial for Visual Composer to create a static home page and blog pgae :)

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Zeeshan you need to create a new page. On the admin menu click on Pages and then on Add New. You will see that an editing interface will appear with a larger text box. This larger text box will have two buttons on top of it Visual and Text. The text editor is plain text editor with no styling buttons. The Visual editor has styling buttons and is supposed to be beginner friendly.

  • Zeeshan

    Hi
    I’ve tried twice but it didn’t work for me coz there is no Front Page template exists in the theme, i am using Premium EffectiveNews theme from themesforest and i just wonder why it isn’t so modern lol… jokes apart anyways there are 6 templates exist in page attributes section 1-Default template 2-Authors 3-Contact us 4-Full width 5-Reviews 6-Sitemap… I’ve tried 2 times by selecting default template, disabled comments and trackbacks plus i changed Reading Settings also as static page, front page as “home” and posts page as “Blog” it didn’t work for me :( so would you please tell me any alternative or should i send you some screenshots to help me out further?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Please contact theme author for support

  • Todd

    Hi-
    I have a separate page for blog posts to appear, but the entire blog post appears (I’m displaying 10 at a time). How do I select just 55 words or such to appear instead of the entire blog post?

    Thank you!
    Todd

  • Christine

    Wow. Wonderful info. I still have a question. How can I create multiple blog pages? Is that possible? I would love to separate my blog posts by topic so I want to create multiple blog pages. Can you please help? Thank you. :)

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Christine to separate your blog into multiple pages by topics you already have Categories. You can then put those categories in your navigation menu from Appearance » Menus screen. If you want you can place categories as sub-menus under your blog page in the navigation menu.

  • Lucas

    Simple and clear explanation.
    Thanks for share :)

  • Luka

    Hi,
    I have difficulties with sliders now. Now the sliders from front static page are showing also in blog page and i don’t want slider there. Any idea how to remove sliders from blog page and still have blog page for posts?

    Thanks!

  • G Bewley

    Thank you very much!

  • Ryan McGovern

    Thanks mate,

    just what I needed.. so easy !!

  • Jason

    Thanks so much :)

  • Becky

    Thank you!

  • Davis Harrigan

    I’m using Skylark as my theme – would these steps work to create a “custom”/another page where I can put posts?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Yes, this should work fine on your theme.

  • Stuart

    This article was so helpful! Thanks for putting it up!

  • Rick

    How can I have some fixed introductory text on the blog page above the posts?

    Thanks for your suggestionsa about creating the blog vs front page. Very helpful!

  • Leslie

    Every time I search for help, I seem to run into one of your articles. They are very helpful! I’m hoping you may be able to work you magic on this problem….
    A child theme was created specifically to help remove the page titles from showing up in the body of the site and remain solely in the tabs. This worked great until this week, the individual blog titles disappeared.
    The code used is
    .home h1.entry-title {
    display: block;
    }
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      It is difficult to guess what could have gone wrong. Did you recently updated the parent or child theme or installed a new plugin?

  • Gauri

    Great article. I am currently helping with a WP website where some posts were put up on a page. Now we want to stop posting on that page and post on another one, without losing the previous posts. How do i do that? Thanks.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      You can create a separate page. For example you had your posts on a page called Blog Posts and you want to move your posts to a new page called “News”. Then all you need to do is create a News page in WordPress. Go to Settings – Reading and select that page as your blog page. You can also create a custom page with a custom query to load only the specific posts on that page.

    • Kashif Khan

      Awesome explanation in simple way.really very help full

  • Jenni

    Thanks so much! I could work out how to write a page, and I could work out how to write a blog, but I could not work out how to write a blog in a page. Your step-by-step instructions worked perfectly. Another step in building my confidence, so thanks again

  • sommy uwakwe

    Thanks for the article. I have created pages already and I want to be adding specific posts to specific pages. Like I have a page for music and poems so I want post music stuffs on the music page and poems on the other page. Please guide me through this

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      Perhaps the best way to do this is by creating categories and using category archives.

      • Duska

        Please, can you explain. I have categories, but can’t see how to use them for this. I want to choose before I click on publish button to which menu item to publish a post. Please, would you give specific steps for an example of this, or point to an article with explanation?

        • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

          You can add categories to your sidebar, from Appearance » Widgets screen. Click on Categories widget and drag and drop it to a sidebar and then preview your website. You can also add categories to your website’s navigation menu from Appearance » Menus screen.

  • Sonia

    How do I get my blog posts to be housed under /blog/ (e.g. http://www.website.com/blog/blog-post-name)? If I write a post, I can’t do this and if I write a page, then it doesn’t function like a blog post (e.g. Not categorized, no date, no author).

  • jaiprakash

    helpful indeed
    thanks

  • Wesley

    Thanks, bro!

  • Ignacio Castro

    I have been using a WP theme called Customizr, and I haven’t figure it out how to get my blog up and running (I believe it’s a problem with the template, but it could just be me not knowing how to do it). Anyway, I will give it a try to the categories suggestion above, but is there a way to create a child page template that allows to get the posts into a page, if it doesn’t come with the theme? Thanks in advance.

    • Ignacio Castro

      The categories option works, but I don’t like how the page looks, which again I think it depends on the theme you use. In mine, it basically shows a big Archive title at the beginning of the page, which doesn’t help much. Any feedback here is appreciated. Thanks.

  • Jahkie

    this is actually pretty easy to follow..thanks :)

  • R Sharma

    I used to have my blogs appear on a bespoke web page i.e. /whats-new/blog but after having a wordpress update they stopped appearing on the whats-new page but on a new page on their own i.e. /blog.
    i tried what you’ve outlined above but cant get it to revert. Am i missing something?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      There could be quite a few reasons for that. First of all you should update your permalinks and see if this fixes the problem. If you are using a custom theme with homepage settings, then you should check those settings.

  • Jacobs

    Nice one. Could you please suggest one or more themes that come with pages for blog posts, What I want is to be able to list topics of blogs related to every page on the page. For instance, I want to create pages for cars, boats and bikes. I want to have mysite.com/cars, mysite.com/boats, etc and I want blogs for each page listed accordingly. Please suggest any responsive theme that can do this. Thanks and cheers!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      You can easily do that by using categories. For example, you can publish posts in cars and boats categories and then add those categories to your WordPress Navigation menus from Appearance » Menus screen

  • paladin

    Thanks for share :)

  • vico vo

    Thanks. I turned off comment on page

  • Ankur Upadhyay

    Thanks for this article. You made it look so easy. I will try it out on my blog.

  • Jigar Doshi

    Very helpful indeed.
    It is so much easier than I had thought it to be.
    Thanks. :)