Sometimes you don’t want the most recent blog posts to be the highlight of your web site. The typical blog aggregate page works well on our custom home blog, because we’re highlighting the construction process and the progress is marked by the current phase. But your site may be best suited to feature something else.
- On this site, for example, I create blogging tips and blog tutorials for my clients. But when someone arrives at the home page, the featured item they see is the service we provide for those who want to start blogging.
- An engineering company uses a blog to keep customers updated on firmware updates, new products, and promotions, but features it’s LonTalk router on the home landing page.
- A Utah County community theater uses a blog post for all it’s changing information (new shows, auditions, etc.), but wants to keep the currently playing production front and center, so theater goers can easily find out the details.
If you site is best suited to have a static landing page to feature your products or services on the home page, with a regularly updated blog on a back page, this tutorial is for you. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to create a static landing page in WordPress with the Thesis theme.
Login into the WordPress dashboard area.
Create a new WordPress page for your new landing page. Enter the info you’d like. Publish your page.
Create a new WordPress page that will be used as the blog aggregate page (typically seen as the home page in blogs, with most recent post listed first). Publish your page. [This step is optional if you’re going to use this as a static site without blog entries.]
Click Settings>Reading in the left navbar.
Click the radio button Front page displays>A static page.
Select your landing page from the Front page popup menu.
Select your blog aggregate to appear on (if any), from the Posts page popup menu.
Click Save Changes.
Click Thesis Options>Thesis Options in the left navbar.
Expand Navigation Menu>Select pages to include in nav menu by clicking the + on the right side.
Uncheck the box next to your landing page name.
Check the box next to your blog page name.
Now you have a static landing page on the home page of your site and a blog aggregate page on a less prominent page.