How to Change the Front Page in WordPress: 4 Easy Methods

Your WordPress homepage is typically the first page users see when visiting your website. The better it looks, the higher the chances that visitors will spend more time browsing your site and eventually become customers.

Fortunately, you can create a custom WordPress homepage design that highlights your chosen content instead of just displaying the most recent blog posts. In this article, we’ll cover four methods to change your homepage in WordPress.

First, let’s discuss the benefits of having a custom homepage and why you should design one.

A WordPress front page is the main page of a website. Mostly known as the homepage, it gives visitors an idea of the website’s content and functionality. From a marketing perspective, a homepage is essential for retaining visitors and turning them into leads.

Why Change WordPress Homepage

With most WordPress themes, your homepage will display recent blog posts by default. It might become an issue if your live website doesn’t have a blog or you don’t want to highlight it as the site’s primary content.

Furthermore, you will benefit from having a custom homepage in WordPress if when there’s an ongoing promo on your online store. Displaying it on the front page can help attract visitors and generate sales.

Here’s an example of Hostinger’s homepage, showcasing the ongoing web hosting promo:

Hostinger's homepage showcasing the ongoing Black Friday web hosting deal

Depending on your goals, you might want to highlight other content on your WordPress website’s homepage. By customizing the first page visitors usually see, you’ll have a better chance of achieving them.

Remember that a homepage isn’t the same as a landing page. A homepage conveys the website’s brand identity and is the gateway to other web pages. Meanwhile, a landing page has a specific marketing purpose and often redirects users to a business website.

How to Change WordPress Front Page

There are four easy ways to change your homepage in WordPress, all of which can be done from your WordPress admin dashboard. Feel free to pick the easiest one for you.

Pro Tip

Before making any changes to your website, we recommend enabling WordPress maintenance mode first. This way, you won’t have to worry about visitors stumbling on your website while modifying it.

Set a Post as a Homepage

If you don’t want to design your homepage from scratch, WordPress allows you to set a post as a static front page. For this method to work, you must create the WordPress post beforehand.

Here’s how to change your site’s homepage with an existing WordPress post:

  1. Edit the post you want to make as your new homepage. Check Stick to the top of the blog box to make it always appear at the top of your blog post list.
Positioning a blog post at the top of the blog post list using the sticky feature
  1. Click Update to save the change.
  2. Go to Settings Reading from your website dashboard to access the homepage settings.
Navigate to the Reading menu from the WordPress admin dashboard  to change your homepage's appearance
  1. Leave the Your homepage displays option to its default value, showcasing the latest blog posts. Change the number of Blog pages show at most to 1 and set it to display a full text.
Changing WordPress homepage from the Reading Settings menu
  1. Hit Save Changes. Now your homepage should only display your chosen WordPress blog page. You can replace the post at any time by applying the sticky feature to another post of your choice and deactivating the old one.
An example of a custom WordPress homepage displaying a single post

Make a Custom WordPress Page Template as the Front Screen

Creating a custom WordPress template can give you more flexibility in designing your front page.

Most WordPress themes come with pre-built page templates you can modify and reuse for various purposes. By creating a custom homepage template, you can change the content and design as you like and only make the necessary modifications in the future.

This method will use the WordPress Site Editor, which is currently in beta version. For it to work, your theme must support full site editing.

Follow the steps below to create your custom front page template in WordPress:

  1. Navigate to Appearance Editor from your WordPress website dashboard.
The beta version of Site Editor is located within the Appearance menu

If you can’t find the Site Editor menu, your current theme might not support this feature. Search for a new theme that meets this requirement by applying the Full Site Editing feature filter. For this tutorial, we’ll be using Twenty Twenty-Two.

Filtering themes that support Site Editor using the Feature Filter function
  1. Click on the WordPress symbol on the top left corner of the page. Select Templates and hit the Add New button in the top right corner.
  2. Pick the Front Page option.
Creating a new custom page template via Site Editor
  1. WordPress will automatically redirect you to the WordPress Theme Editor. Design the homepage as you like, for example, add new blocks or images from the media library.
  2. Once you’re satisfied with your design, hit Save.
Creating a new custom page template using WordPress block editor
  1. If the process is successful, the new custom page template will appear in the list of Templates. Click on the template to modify it via the Site Editor whenever you want to update your homepage’s look.
The new custom page template appears in the Templates menu

Set a Static Homepage in WordPress

This method works best for websites that don’t require constant updates. A static homepage will only change if you manually update it.

Here are the steps to set up a static page as your homepage:

  1. Go to Pages Add New from your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Design the new static page as you like and hit Publish.
Creating a new static page in WordPress
  1. Navigate to Settings Reading. For the Your homepage displays setting, select the A static page option.
  2. Click on the drop-down menu next to the Homepage option and choose the new static page you created earlier.
Setting up a new static homepage in WordPress
  1. Leave the other sections with their default settings, then click Save Changes.

If you need to change the page’s appearance, do so through the Pages menu or set up a new static page using the same steps.

Use a Theme Customizer to Edit the Homepage

The easiest way to change the homepage is to edit it directly using the Theme Customizer. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Appearance Customize from your website dashboard.
Accessing WordPress Theme Customizer from the admin dashboard
  1. Use the customization tools in the left menu tabs or click on the blue pencil icons to change the existing website elements. For example, open the Homepage Settings option to set your front page’s display.
The different customizations tools provided in the Theme Customizer
  1. Once you’re done, click on the Publish button above the menu tabs to save the changes.

While the built-in customizer is easy to use, it only has a few customization options to make basic modifications. For advanced customizations, we recommend installing a page builder plugin. Some of the best WordPress page builders include Elementor, Beaver Builder, and WP Page Builder.

Conclusion

Having a well-designed homepage can bring many benefits to your online business. Besides setting up the branding for your entire website, your front page also helps to retain visits and turn them into leads and sales.

Let’s recap the four easy methods of changing the front page in WordPress:

  • Set a blog page as a homepage.
  • Make a custom homepage template.
  • Set a static homepage.
  • Use a theme customizer or a page builder plugin to edit the current homepage.

If you have any more questions or additional feedback, drop a comment below.

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Jordana A.

Jordana is a digital marketing and web development enthusiast. She loves spending her time in front of her laptop, working on new projects and learning new things. When she's not busy with work, you can find her traveling the world in search of the best sushi!