Repositioning the wordpress start and posts pages


I was recently asked to provide a general, description-oriented start page on another wordpress blog. An initial direction was given by Gary Barrett with this article on the wordpress support portal. The trick is to set up another page on the Pages view and configure it to have the lowest order index. Afterwards you proceed to the Settings / Reading view and change the selection below Front page displays / Front page to the just created item. That’s great so far, on reloading the blog you’ll now find your new start page on intial display.

However, changing the settings with Settings / Reading / Front page displays I already wondered what to enter with the Front page displays / Posts page select list. I actually expected to find an entry such as posts or default-posts or whatever but to no avail. In fact, leaving out this selection removes the the posts page from the blog completely. Stuck! Just driven by some enlightment of intuition (ha ha) I tried the following: I created another (empty) page on the Pages view, not forgetting to set the order index accordingly. Thereafter, i proceeded to the Settings / Reading view again and configured Front page displays / Posts page to this new (empty) item. And, it worked! That is, wordpress obviously only needs another (empty) container page to put the posts page into.

Another functionality i employed with the new start page was page templates that you’ll find along with the order index on the Pages view. It removes all the sidebar widget stuff from the start page which i find is much more comfortable. Please note however, that the availability and the layout of page templates depend on the theme of the blog.

have fun!

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