How to Set Up a WordPress.com Front Page

On the Reading Settings page (click the Reading link in the Settings menu), you can set how many blog posts show up on the WordPress front page of your blog and/or change your front page to display a static page rather than your most recent blog posts. You can also determine how many blog posts your readers can see in your RSS feed.

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The Reading Settings page gives you control of the settings that let you make these decisions for your blog:

  • Front Page Displays: This setting determines what appears on the front page of your site.

    • Your Latest Posts: Select this radio button if you want your blog posts to display on the front page of your blog.

    • A Static Page: Select this radio button if you want a static page instead of a listing of your recent blog posts to display on the front page of your site.

    • Front Page: If you choose to display a static page, choose from this drop-down menu which page to display.

    • Posts Page: If you choose to display a static page, use this drop-down menu to tell WordPress which page to display your posts on.

  • Blog Pages Show at Most: If you choose to display your blog posts on your front page, this step is where you set the number of blog posts to display per page.

  • Syndication Feeds Show the Most Recent: This setting determines how many posts show in your RSS feed at one time.

  • For Each Article in a Feed, Show: Indicate here which portion of each article you want to show in your feed:

    • Full Text: Select this radio button if you want the entire text of each post to be displayed in your RSS feed.

    • Summary: Select this radio button if you want only excerpts of your posts to be displayed in your RSS feed.

  • Site Visibility: Indicate here whether you want to publish a Public or Private Blog.

  • To Infinity and Beyond: Select this option to tell WordPress to automatically display more posts once the reader gets to the very bottom of your site. WordPress detects when the readers reach the end of the page and automatically displays the next seven posts on your blog (this option is selected by default).

  • Enhanced Feeds: Here, you have the option of showing several more details about your blog in your RSS feed:

    • Categories

    • Tags

    • Comment Count

  • Follower Settings: When people subscribe to your blog for the first time, they receive an e-mail welcoming them to your blog. The text box in the E-mail Settings area provides default text for that e-mail. You can change this text to suit your needs. You can select the option to show a Follow button to users who are logged out to give them the option of following your blog.

After you change any settings in the Reading Settings page, click the Save Changes button in the bottom-left corner to save your preferences.

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