Quick How-To: add a static welcome page to WordPress.com without losing your blog

Hi, guys!

I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks, and for a good reason – as you’ve probably noticed, I am now running #ComedyBookWeek. It’s been a full-time job for the last month or so, what with setting up an official website, approaching 100 book bloggers, and gathering 112 (and counting) books to participate. Not to mention the daily highlights and social media – luckily I’m on leave right now, otherwise, I’d have a nervous breakdown!

Still, I had to take a little timeout and post this How-To, because it took me forever to figure out what should take you five minutes to do. If you’ve looked on #ComedyBookWeek webpage lately, you might have noticed that the front page is now a static one, showcasing all the books on offer. To see the actual blog posts, you now need to click on the “Blog” tab at the top. This makes the page look more professional from the event point of view, rather than the WordPress standard landing page being a blog. Plus, it gives more weight to the books on offer. Incidentally, this is what most professional authors do – when you go to their website, the welcome page is about the author and their books. I am going to revamp this blog in the same way, so I wanted to give you heads up and write down how I did it for #ComedyBookWeek webpage .

Please follow the steps below exactly – if you only assign the front page, you will notice that your blog will DISSAPEAR! And we don’t want that.

Here are the steps:

  1. Create a landing Page that you want to be your “front” page. For this blog, it will be my “About Ana” page. Here are all the pages used in comedybookweek.com:Add page
  2. Create a “Blog” page. Just trust me – add a new page, call it “Blog” or whatever you want, but DON’T WRITE ANYTHING in the body/text box.
  3. Now go to your WP Admin, and in Settings-Reading, assign two static pages as shown below. Assign your welcome page to “Front” and your empty “Blog” page to “Posts.”Reading settings
  4. In Appearance-Menus, add pages and rearrange them as desired. Here’s what #ComedyBookWeek menu looks like:Menus

That’s it!

You’re welcome 🙂

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22 responses to “Quick How-To: add a static welcome page to WordPress.com without losing your blog

  1. DANG, I can’t wait for my data speed to update…I can’t make out one darn illustration, no matter how big I zooomm!😠

    (clicks lower right…clicks “Bookmark”…sucks teeth, rolls eyes and growls in impotent frustration!!)

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  2. What a great how to! I’m glad Comedy Book Week is going so well 🙂

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  3. Pingback: Quick How-To: add a static welcome page to WordPress.com without losing your blog — Ana Spoke, author – Rebecca Chaney

  4. Great post, Ana! I’ve shared it on my own wordpress.com site.

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  5. sounds like something I’ve always wanted to do, but what will readers see every week, the latest blog or the landing page?

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  6. This is something I’ve been meaning to do, so thank you for getting me kick-started. And you made it so easy. It would have taken me all day to figure it out on my own. LOL.

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  7. Amazing! I can’t wait to implement this. I’ve been wanting to do this for the longest time bit didn’t know how to. Thank you!

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  8. Bookmarking! Thanks 🙂

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