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Step 1: Set Up a Static Front Page

By default, anyone who visits your WordPress site sees a page displaying your blog posts (see Figure 1).

Figure 1

Figure 1 The default blog view shows your posts on the front page of your site.

Instead of displaying your blog posts, you can easily change the settings so that your site displays a page introducing your business. Here's how you do it:

  1. In your WordPress admin area, go to Pages.
  2. Click Add New to add a new page. Call this page Home. Add the information you want to include on your home page, and then click Publish.
  3. Add another new page. Call this one Posts. Leave the body area blank; this page will display your blog posts, so it doesn't need any content of its own (see Figure 2). Click Publish.
Figure 2

Figure 2 Create a blank page for your blog posts; WordPress will populate this page with content automatically.

  1. Go to Settings > Reading. In the section "Front page displays," select the option "A static page" (see Figure 3). From the drop-down menus, choose Home for your front page and Posts for your posts page. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom to save your changes.
Figure 3

Figure 3 Choose the pages you just created for your Home page and your Posts page, and then click Save Changes.

Now, when visitors come to your URL, they'll see the front page you've specified (see Figure 4).

Figure 4

Figure 4 Using a static front page, you can display information about your business, rather than showing your latest blog posts on the front page of your site. (Compare this page with the one shown earlier in Figure 1-this page creates quite a big difference for your site visitors!)

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