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A static home page is like customizing the front door to your site. By default, your home page is your blog, but you can change this to any page you’ve created!

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Video – How to Configure a Static Home Page
1: Create a “Home” page
2: Set a Static Front Page
3. Create a Blog Page (Optional)
4: Create a Custom Menu
Additional Customization
Homepage Templates and Your Theme

Video - How to Configure a Static Home Page


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1: Create a "Home" page

  1. Go to My Site.
  2. Click on Add in the Site Pages section.
    Add New Page
  3. Design and publish your new page.
    Publish Page

If you don’t have any published pages you will not have the “Homepage Settings” option outlined in the next step.

You can set your site to private, and still publish your page without worry that people will see your site and the page you just published.


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2: Set a Static Front Page

  1. Click on My Site.
  2. Scroll down to Customize.
  3. Locate the Homepage Settings option.
  4. Select the A static page option, then choose your new page from the Homepage drop down.

The preview window will display your newly selected page as the front page of your site.

Click on the Publish button to save your homepage settings.


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3. Create a Blog Page (Optional)

If you still plan on having a blog, you can set up a separate page that will show your blog posts.

Remember, your page will need to be published to show up in the drop down under Posts page.

  1. Create a Site Page. You can name this page “Blog” or anything you want.
  2. In Customize → Homepage settings, select your new blog page in the Posts page drop down.
  3. Publish your changes.

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4: Create a Custom Menu

You may notice that you have two “home” links on your site menu, or that the pages on your site are not displayed in the order you wish.

The good news is that you can create a custom menu for your site in any arrangement you like by following the steps in our Custom Menus guide.


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Additional Customization

Many elements of your static homepage can be modified through Custom CSS. Advanced theme customizations, including CSS are included in the WordPress.com Premium plan or higher.


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Homepage Templates and Your Theme

Different themes may have different homepage layouts. The theme instructions may call for you to change the page template or, set up featured content areas.

Additionally, some themes do not have sidebar widget areas for the homepage. Rest assured, if you change to one of these themes, the content you built in your sidebar is not gone, it just will not display on the home page.

The best way to learn how to build your theme’s home page is to check out the instructions in the Info section of the theme in the Theme Showcase.

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