How to Create a WordPress Dynamic Front Page
So, you want to not have your ten most recent blog posts on your front page in WordPress? “Dynamic front page,” “custom home page,” and “WordPress static front page template” all kind of mean this same thing: I want to better control the marketing message that my WordPress site presents on the homepage. That’s our goal in this quick guide—to teach you the meaning of the “WordPress blog page template.” We’ll need that for this process, in addition to learning how to set your static home page.
Some Tips for a Beautiful WordPress Custom Homepage
As we mentioned above, our primary focus here is to explain how you’ll go about setting WordPress to show your dynamic front page as your homepage. The topic of how to build an attractive and easy-to-edit page in WordPress is really beyond the scope we tackle here in WPShout Quick Guides. In short: WordPress’s editor (since 5.0, sometimes called Gutenberg) has made it a lot easier to make complex and dynamic WordPress pages.
But a beautiful WordPress dynamic front page probably should be accomplished by using what we WordPress people call a “page builder plugin.” There are a lot of options, and different people like different ones. We’ve got a full explanation of which page builder you should be using right here:
How to do a WordPress Static Front Page Template
A static or “custom” homepage in WordPress is a two-step process. In this video we eschew the complexity of making a great page (again, too big a task for a “quick guide”), and instead just get to how to set a static WordPress page to be what your homepage displays:
6 Steps to Making WordPress Custom Home Pages and Blog Page Templates
Quick reminder: A WordPress dynamic front page is another term for what WordPress calls a “static front page” or “custom homepage” of just “homepage settings.” Lots of different people mean the same basic thing when they use many of these phrases. Personally “WordPress static front page template” is the one I find closest to the “static frontpage for WordPress” which I’ll use most casually.
- Open the WordPress Customizer. I do that by going to “Appearance > Customize” in the left sidebar of the administration area.
- Once the Customizer opens, to set a “static homepage” in WordPress you’ll want to click on “Homepage Settings” to open the panel.
- Then select, under “Your homepage displays” the words “A static page.” (Again, terminology here gets weird. A “static” page is often more beautiful and dynamic than “Your latest posts” in WordPress.)
- Select the page you want to be your new homepage on the dropdown labelled “Homepage.”
- Select (or quickly create by clicking “Add New Page”) your “Blog” page to hold your blog posts. That’s what WordPress means by the words “Posts page”–the page it’ll use to show your WordPress blog page template.
Using the “Old Way” to Set Your Homepage Displays in WordPress
The way I most often recommend people set a custom homepage in WordPress, and the way that’ll likely keep working for longest, is using the WordPress Customizer. That’s what we outline in the video and above. If you feel like rocking it old school though, here’s the trick to a WordPress dynamic front page.
- If you haven’t already made a WordPress page for it (if not go do that, don’t worry about giving the page “content”, WordPress ignores it) you’ll need one for your “posts page.” Generally you’ll just make a page called, say, “Blog” and not bother to set anything else there. (Your WordPress theme takes care of the rest.)
- In the administration area of your WordPress site, for go “Settings > Reading.”
- On that page (with the heading) “Reading Settings”, you’ll see at the very top the text “Your homepage displays.” The default value for a blog-posts homepage is “Your latest posts”. To set a custom homepage, you’ll want to go to select “A static page.”
- For the custom homepage setting, you’ll want to select your page (hopefully a beautiful one, maybe made with a WordPress page builder), from the “Homepage” dropdown.
- Then, for the “Posts page” setting, you’ll use the page you made in step #1 (or had already made).
Your WordPress Homepage is Looking Good!
With that, you’ll have set up a great WordPress dynamic front page.