Unless you have been living under a rock, you have, at some point, come across WordPress while perusing the web. Recognized the world over, WordPress is one of the most well-loved tools for designing and building websites.
Amusingly many individuals initially pegged WordPress as a simple platform created only for building blogs. While to some degree right, WordPress is, in fact, capable of producing everything from a simple online journal to a stylized business page complete with an online store function. Building a site may seem a little daunting, especially for users with little to no background experience.
Thankfully, this is no major cause for concern. One of the main reasons after all behind the popularity of WordPress is how incredibly easy it is to use. In a matter of minutes, anyone can create a professional-looking website with no design or coding skills required. Users can choose from thousands of webpage designs all for free!
Since the system is first and foremost designed for blogging, there are certain functions that users must implement to enjoy the full benefits the platform affords. A case in point is the creation of separate pages. For the most part, blog posts are set to show up on the first page. However, with some minor tweaking, site owners can create various tabs and pages for that professional website of their dreams. There are two easy ways to ensure that blog posts appear on a different page, here are the steps you need to follow
2 Natural Methods to Add Blog Post Pages
Method #1 Create a Custom FrontPage and Blog Post Page
- Go to WordPress and log onto your administration panel.
- Locate “Pages” and select. From the submenu that appears, click on the “Add New” action.
- This will then bring up the page. In place of a standard title, it is best to utilize some SEO techniques by including your website name and even a few vital keywords. Once done with our title, select the “Publish” option.
- Next, click once more on “Pages.” Create another page by choosing the “Add new” button just like you did when you created the FrontPage. On the title portion, label it with your business or brand name along with “Official Blog” only so you can easily distinguish this from the previous page you have created. Make sure to select “blog” under permalink. Then choose “Publish.”
- From the menu panel on the left-hand side, locate the option for “Settings” Click on it and once the submenu appears, elect “Reading.”
- Now under “Your homepage displays,” you should find two available choices. The first one is: “Your latest posts,” while the second option reads “A static page.” Click on the static page option.
- Select the pages that you have finished creating under the homepage and post page section, now click “Save Changes.”
And just like that, you have created changes on your website that allow blog posts to appear on a separate tab or window rather than showing up instantly when you visit the page. The front page should appear relatively empty since the only thing created was the title and no content. You can edit this at any given time.
Method #2 Use a Plugin
As previously discussed, WordPress is designed to be very user-friendly. So much so that there are plugins available to take specific actions and features accessible. Granted that this method is a little complicated and best done by those with some coding knowledge, total noobs should still be able to achieve the same results as long as the steps are followed carefully.
- Be sure to be logged onto your admin panel.
- Select on the “Plugins” button that can be found on the menu.
- Click on the “Add new” option, which is located at the topmost section of the screen.
- Search for the “posts in page” action, then make sure to not only install but to activate it as well. Once activated, the plugin should be visible under the “Settings” menu.
- The plugin’s setting will display customizable filters.
- For this demonstration, let’s pretend that you want to display the blog posts under the marketing and promotions category. To do this, users are advised to input the following [ic_add_posts category-‘blogging’] in the page you have for “Marketing and Promotions” What this shortcode does is fetch content from the site’s database.
Why is Blogging Important for your Business?
Blogging wasn’t a common sight in a lot of older business pages. Companies and brands did not see the need to invest in it when they have a marketing and press team in their ranks. These days, however, blogging is a normal addition to any website.
The main reason that makes blogging necessary lies behind its capacity to drive traffic to a page. Blogs allow brands to produce relevant content for old and new customers. On the same note, blogs help boost SEO. Original content is the key to stay ahead of the game, especially when ensuring your rank higher in search engine results than the competition. When site visitors get a glimpse of your page’s well-written articles, it resonates with the level of expertise an individual or company has.
This not only builds trust but creates a better relationship with the readers or customers. Just as brands respond to queries and comments on social media, when the same is applied to blog posts, readers get a more profound sense of connection. Which again builds trust that leads to a loyal following.
There is no denying that amongst all the software options being offered today, WordPress still reigns supreme. The platform not only boasts of a system that is streamlined, but the safety and security functions it provides are also paramount. Why else would Sony Music, Queen B Beyoncé, TechCrunch, and the White House, to name a few, use it if it weren’t the best platform on earth?