Blogging For Dummies
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With WordPress Dashboard, you can add a blog to anywhere within your website, not just the front page. To create a blog for your site with Dashboard, first you need to create a blank page.

From the Dashboard, choose Pages→Add New.

From the Dashboard, choose Pages→Add New.

The Add New Page page appears. This is the page where you can write a new post to your WordPress blog.

Type a name for the page in the text box toward the top of the page.

For example, because this will be the main page for your blog, enter Blog for the name. This automatically sets the page slug to /blog.

Leave the text box blank.

The text box is left blank here because you don’t want to display any page content on your blog; rather, WordPress will display your blog posts using this page after you assign it as your blog.

Click the Publish button.

The blank Blog page is saved to your database and published to your WordPress site. You have a blank page that redirects to http://yourdomain.com/blog. Next, you need to assign the page you just created as your Blog page.

Choose Settings→Reading.

Choose Settings→Reading.

The Reading Settings page opens.

From the Posts Page drop-down list, choose the page you just created.

For example, select the Blog page as a posts page.

In the Blog Pages Show at Most section, type the number of posts you want to display in the Posts text box.

This setting specifies the number of posts you want to display on that page at any time. If you enter 5, the Blog page shows the last five posts you’ve made to your blog. Enter the number of posts you would like to display based on your personal preference.

Click the Save Changes button.

Click the Save Changes button.

The options you just set are saved, and your blog is now located at http://yourdomain.com/blog (where yourdomain.com is your actual domain name). You will then have a Blog page with the latest post showing.

You can add a link to your blog in the navigation menu by adding it to your custom menu.

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Amy Lupold Bair, a mother of two and former English teacher, is the author of Raising Digital Families For Dummies and Blogging For Dummies. She's the owner of Resourceful Mommy Media LLC and author of the popular parenting and lifestyle blog Resourceful Mommy.

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