Static Front Page for Your WordPress Site

WordPress makes it incredibly easy to set a static page as the front page for your blog or website; so easy, in fact, that it’s almost not worth mentioning here. But there’s one tricky and poorly documented bit, as you’ll see shortly.

If you go to Settings » Reading in you administration panel, you’ll see at the top of the page a section labeled “Front page displays”. It gives you an option to show your latest posts or a static page, with the former chosen by default.

Screenshot from before setting a static front page

If you want a static front page, you can simply publish a page (we’ll call it “Home”) and then choose the latter option with the “Front page” option set to “Home”.

Now, what URL do you use to get to your list of posts? What if you want to have a static home page at with your blog at It took me a while to find the answer, including some unsuccessful attempts at modifying $wp_rewrite->rules. It turns out the answer is incredibly simple: publish a page called “Blog” (it doesn’t have to have any content) and set the last option, “Posts page”, to “Blog”. If you want all of your posts’ URLs to appear under, too, just prefix your permalink structure with /blog.

Screenshot from after setting a static front page

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  1. It took me some time to wrap my around this as well. As a result I have rarely used it for any client development. Good tip about the permalinks too.

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