Change to static homepage
Sorry, but I’ve read *many* how-to pages, threads, and YouTubes on this and I’m still (after a full day at the desk) getting exactly nowhere.
What I want to do: create one (or really several) static pages – Home, Bio, etc, all with a menu bar, and shift the existing blog to become one final page on the menu, Blog. I’ve created all manner of test pages, but they all just kind of … sit there. One of several problems is that, whatever I do, the system tells me “You haven’t published any pages yet” – even though richardfarr.blog is live. I managed to create a test “Home” page and apparently set it as a static page, but even when I “publish” it – which I’m not ready to do yet, but I’m trying everything – nothing happens. Mystified. This looks like it’s supposed to be simple – what am I missing?
The blog I need help with is richardfarr.blog.
Have you consulted the Set a Static “Home” Page (Front Page) support page?
Here’s your static page titled “Home”: https://richardfarr.blog/home/. If you want that to be your homepage, then you’ll need to create another page that will be transformed into your posts page when you update the settings at Customize > Homepage Settings.
To make the “Home” page your static homepage and display your posts on another page, do the following:
- 1. At Customize > Homepage Settings > Your homepage displays, choose the option “A static page.”
- 2. Choose the page titled “Home” from the drop-down menu labeled “Homepage.”
- 3. Choose another page from the second drop-down menu labeled “Posts page.”
- 4. Save these edits by clicking the “Publish” button at the top of the panel.
Once this is done, you’ll probably want to create a custom menu and include in it links to both the homepage and the posts or blog page. See the Custom Menus support page for relevant information and instructions.
You may also take advantage of Live Chat Support in addition to requesting support in the community support forums.
The page you link to was just one of several attempts to test how the system works. The (draft) page design I was working on, and marked as “home / static page” (which, as you see, is a total mess, bc I can’t work out how to do simple stuff like select a whole-page background image!) – is this:
(as you see, I created a menu there – though it’s not in the right place: supposed to be over the background image)
BUT surely I don’t want to create a new blog page? What I want to do is keep my existing blog as the blog page – but it doesn’t show up in the list of pages. I read the help stuff you mention but it doesn’t seem to explain this.
Or do I have to effectively create a whole new blog and then transfer the content somehow? That doesn’t sound right.
BUT surely I don’t want to create a new blog page? What I want to do is keep my existing blog as the blog page
You won’t be creating a new blog page, you’ll just be assigning a static page as the place to display the blog/posts page instead of the front page where it displays by default. That’s step #3 in my list above. Assigning the blog to a static page has the affect of transforming that page into a dynamic page that displays only the blog and not the page title, content, etc. The static page remains the blog page only as long as it is assigned to the role at Customize > Homepage Settings.
but it doesn’t show up in the list of pages.
First, if you haven’t done so already you must create a second static page. Then update the Customizer, and voila!, the page will be there for you to select as your posts page.
I read the help stuff you mention but it doesn’t seem to explain this.
Some of the support pages can be difficult to follow, incomplete, and may even contain outdated or inadvertently inaccurate information, because WordPress.com is in a constant state of flux and it’s hard to keep support pages current. You may help us by reporting confusing information and mistakes that you find in support pages.
Or do I have to effectively create a whole new blog…
No, never. Not unless you delete all the posts. : -)
I forgot to mention that you can create the page that’s to be assigned as the posts page without even leaving the Customizer, at Customize > Menus > your menu name > Add Items, by using the option “Add New Page,” since it won’t need any content.
I appreciate your help, but after a dozen hours or so working to understand this last week, and another two hours just now, I’m close to giving up.
In the process of following your (and several other sets of) instructions, I have created, fiddled with, “published” and deleted over a dozen test pages. In what turns out to be good news, at no point did this ever make any difference to what shows up online – my plain ol’ blog is still there. But, even though I’ve gone through and deleted every single page in both “Published” and “Draft” I still have (lurking on the system somehow) this mess:
This appears to be a homepage template, but I’m not clear on that either. And it reflects a problem I’m having beyond the simple one of publishing a static homepages in front of the blog: I can’t work out how to do even the simplest things to correctly design / format this. I’ve been trying to remove the kayak image and turn the pic of me into a whole-screen background image with my name / site title and a single menu over that. But as far as I can see that’s not possible. Maybe that’s a function of the theme?
The Customize page that you’ve linked and referred to a couple of times above is part of the administrative areas on the site, which as a volunteer I can’t view. Staff might be able to help you with questions regarding what you see there. I’ve called for staff attention to the topic, and they will respond here.
In the process of following your (and several other sets of) instructions, I have created, fiddled with, “published” and deleted over a dozen test pages. In what turns out to be good news, at no point did this ever make any difference to what shows up online – my plain ol’ blog is still there.
1. Creating and publishing a page doesn’t automatically make it appear on the homepage regardless of the theme being used. A published static page will only appear as the homepage if at Customize > Homepage Settings > Your homepage displays, you choose the option “A static page” (see items #1 and #2 in the instructions provided in my first post above). A second static page should then be chosen as the posts page (item #3). See also the Set a Static “Home” Page (Front Page) support page for the official WordPress.com instructions.
2. On some themes, if no custom menu is displayed, then a default pages menu will display in the header area that contains links to each published page. That’s not true on the Twenty Seventeen theme activated on your site. On Twenty Seventeen, there is no default pages menu. So if no custom menu is created or displayed, then there will be no links to pages displayed in a menu. This means that visitors will find it difficult to find any published page on the site unless that page is set as the homepage. Some common ways to address this issue include the following: a.) Create and display a custom menu as described in the Custom Menus support page, b.) Display a Pages Widget in a widget area, c.) Use the Navigation Menu Widget to display a custom menu in a widget area.
In a addition to links to static pages on the site, a custom menu may also include links to the homepage, post categories, single posts, portfolio archives, other content types such as projects and testimonials, external pages, etc.
The words “Pages Widget” in my first post today were linked to the wrong support page. Here’s the Pages Widget support page: https://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/pages-widget/.
But, even though I’ve gone through and deleted every single page in both “Published” and “Draft” I still have (lurking on the system somehow) this mess
I think you’re referring to your menu.
You have a custom menu set, so deleting pages won’t remove the menu items, you’ll have to do that yourself: https://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
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