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How can I restore my static front page?

  1. Hi,

    I'm just getting started and have been playing around with themes and customising them. I used the custom tools to create a static front page entitled home, but then I think I must have deleted this while editing and now the front page displays as not being found. I can no longer access the customise tools either - the side bar appears with the 'downloading custom tools' message but it never happens.

    Could you advise please?

    The blog I need help with is kstapleford.wordpress.com.

  2. Please be sure you fully understand the differences between Pages and Posts. http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page called for example “Welcome” for your site and a “Blog” page for posts.

    To do that create two pages > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    Front page displays
    __ Your latest posts

    A static page (select below)
    Front page:
    Posts page:

  3. I see two Home pages in your menu bar. You can create a custom menu and include exactly what you want in it while excluding what you don't want from it.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    Among the most common misconceptions is that bloggers fail to understand is
    (1) there is only one page we can post to in any blog and
    (2) the static pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ they create do not automatically update.

    Only the dynamic pages like Categories, Tags and Archives created by the software when we publish a post we that we have assigned Categories and Tags too will update automatically update with new posts.

    By default the front page of the blog is the post that displays all posts in your blog. Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts (not pages) http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.

    We organize posts by assigning categories to them. You can create a custom menu and add the dynamic categories pages into the custom menu.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-category-pages
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#changing-the-order-creating-sub-menus

    Here’s a link to a custom menu walk-through > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/

    There are many common errors, misunderstandings and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here. > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

  4. Thanks for this. The problem seems to be that I no longer am able to make any changes using the customisation tool. When I access my blog the 'Home' page, which I set to static, it says 'Oops that pages can't be found' - I think it's because after setting it up I then deleted it? When I try to sort things out using the customise tab, the screen goes blank with just the 'loading design tools' bar down the right hand side and nothing further happens.

  5. NOTE: As you do not have a CSS upgrade your can skip using the theme customizer. All of the very same functions can be accessed from your dashboard.
    Appearance > Header
    Appearance > Background
    Appearance > Theme Options (applicable only to some themes)
    Settings > Reading (set a static front page)
    Site Title and Tagline > Settings > General

  6. Thank you - that's done it :-)

  7. You're welcome.

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