Change to static homepage

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  • #3353526

    richardfarr
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    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.

    #3353616

    musicdoc1
    Member

    Hi Richard,

    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.

    doc

    #3353826

    richardfarr
    Member

    Hi doc,

    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:

    https://wordpress.com/customize/richardfarr.blog

    (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.

    Richard

    #3353938

    musicdoc1
    Member

    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. : -)

    #3353943

    musicdoc1
    Member

    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.

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