When Would You Need to Set & Edit Your WordPress Homepage?
Seeing as how this is WordPress, a blogging platform, your blog shows up by default for a new WordPress installation. This means that all of your most recent posts show up on the first page that everyone lands on. For some websites, this is perfectly fine. For others, it doesn’t make sense from a marketing standpoint. Since WordPress has evolved into a well-rounded website builder, companies are looking for static homepages, where they can present information on products, services and the people working at the company.
For these companies, a blog is more of a secondary section that customers can navigate to if they want, or when they land on one of the blog posts from a search engine.
So, that begs the question, when would you want to set and edit your WordPress homepage?
Well, the main time is when you don’t want your blog out front. This happens when you have some of the following goals:
- Increase email subscribers
- Get more leads
- Generate more sales
- More of a focus on your services
- When you don’t plan on having a blog at all (like a landing page)
- In a situation where you’re not quite ready to start a blog
Editing the homepage is an entirely different story. Unless you’re entirely satisfied with the theme and default configuration of that theme, chances are you’ll want to edit some aspects of your website. For example, you might want to achieve some of the following:
- One or multiple sidebars
- Show widgets
- Have a different navigational menu setup
- New colors, logos or other design aspects
In short, most WordPress users make at least a few adjustments to their homepages. One of the most popular ones is adding a static page instead of the blog, while others are keen on keeping the blog but still adding all of their favorite widgets.
Now that we’ve understood the “why” behind setting and editing your WordPress homepage, let’s explore how to complete the process.
Additional Homepage Editing Thoughts
From moving around widgets to customizing your homepage background, the majority of these homepage tools reside in the Appearance tab. In addition, the Customize tab (under Appearance) reveals a visual builder that’s great for uploading a logo, changing fonts and choosing your colors.
Want to Create a Custom Homepage?
If you want a custom (or customized) homepage but your theme doesn’t offer any added options to change colors, fonts, layouts etc you can always install a plugin.
- If you simply want to tweak the elements that are already on your homepage (like change a font size, or edit paddings) then install a WordPress CSS Live Editor plugin.
- If you want to build a completely custom homepage from scratch, then you should have a look at a WordPress page builder plugin that includes tons of easy drag & drop elements for you to design your own layout (or a new theme like Total that already includes a drag & drop builder)
After all of that, your homepage is ready to go!