Typically, most sites have an index page that serves as the virtual “front desk” of your business and greets every visitor arriving via your front door.
The front page of your site is one of the most important pages of your entire website, because it is generally the first thing a visitor sees when they arrive on your site if they type in your domain name on their web browser, or navigate to your website from a search engine or directory listing.
The home page can also act as a landing page to catch your visitors’ attention, let your visitors know who you are, what you do and also to help them navigate to other important pages on the site.
In a traditional website, the main page and its content are normally intrinsically built into the home page file (e.g. http://ift.tt/1kPLmr3), so if you want your visitors to see different content on the front page when they arrive on your site via the main URL (i.e. www.mywebsite.com), you would normally need to edit the content in the page itself, or log into your server and change file names around.
WordPress makes this easier for users, especially for those who don’t want to mess around with stuff like editing page code in server files.
By default, WordPress acts as a “blog” and displays a changing list of recently-published posts, with the headlines and first paragraph or two of the content visible for each article published, and links to separate post pages where visitors can then keep reading the full article (e.g. “click here to continue reading” …).
With WordPress, however, you are given the flexibility of creating as many pages as you want and then specifying which of these pages you want assigned as being the main page of your website.
As you will soon discover, you can also replace the home page of your website as often as you like, without touching the content, just by creating a number of different pages you can point to as the site’s home page, and then selecting the one you want to display as your home page.
This is very handy to have. For example, you may want visitors arriving on your site via the homepage to:
- Watch a video
- See a “splash” page before navigating through to other sections of your site
- Promote a new “book of the month” each month, or “product of the month”
- Promote seasonal information (e.g. a “Mother’s Day” themed offer as Mother’s Day approaches)
- View different sections of your e-commerce catalog at regularly-spaced intervals (e.g. quarterly), or special occasions (e.g. sports events in your region)
- View information on “split-test” sales pages (create two or more sales pages with similar content to test different page elements, e.g. headlines, discount levels, different typefaces, etc., then show one version as the home page for a period of time and then run the other version for the same period of time to see which page delivers you better conversions)
- Or even land on a “pre-launch” page if your site hasn’t officially launched yet!
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to easily create a WordPress home page.
How To Make Any Page Become Your Site’s Home Page In WordPress: Step-By-Step Tutorial
To easily set any page on your website or blog as your home page., go to your admin menu and click on Settings > Reading â€¦
In the Reading Settings screen, do the following:
- Front page displays: select “A static page …”
- Front page: Click on the drop down menu and select the page you want to set as your Home Page (choose any page listed in the menu)
Click Save Changes after selecting your options to update the settings and set your new home page â€¦
After saving, click on Visit Site (tip: right-click and select “Open Link In New Tab” to view the homepage in a new browser window without leaving your Reading Settings screen) …
The page you chose in Front page displays > A static page should now be displaying as your site’s home page â€¦
You can change the home page for your site as often as you like, just by repeating the above steps and selecting another page …
The newly-chosen page will become the new home page immediately …
When you set any page to become the homepage of your site, WordPress reassigns the domain root to become the URL of that page.
What this means is that if you select the page with the following URL into your home page:
The above page will be assigned the following URL for as long as it remains the site’s home page:
If you type the “old” URL of the page you have now specified as your new home page into your web browser, WordPress will direct you to the home page.
Also, if you specify another page as the home page, WordPress assigns the previous home page back to its original URL …
Congratulations! Now you know how to create a WordPress home page.
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