How to Create a Custom Home Page and a Separate Page for Blog Posts in WordPress

By default, WordPress shows your most recent blog posts on the front page of your site. WordPress comes with built-in support for creating a splash page as the front page(static front page), and a separate page for blog posts.

From your admin panel go to Setttings » Reading. Scroll down to Front page displays option. But before going there, you need to create 2 new pages.

WordPress Custom Home Page and a Separate Blog Page

  • Step1: Create templates(optional)
    Create different templates for home page and blog post page. Refer this article >> How to use different design/template for different pages in WordPress
  • Step2: Add New Pages – Create a Front Page

    • From your admin left menu, go to Pages >> Add New.
    • Enter title “Home”.
    • Add content you would like to see within the content area of the static front page, or leave it blank if it is a Dynamic front page.
    • Select the Template(home page) in the Page Attributes panel box.
    • Publish the Page.
  • Step3: Add New Pages – Create a Blog Page

    • From your admin left menu, go to Pages >> Add New.
    • Enter title “Blog”.
    • Leave content blank .
    • Select the Template (default template) in the Page Attributes panel box.
    • Publish the Page.
  • Step4: Set up Front page and post page displays

    • Go to Administration > Settings > Reading panel.
    • In the drop down menu for Front Page select “Home.”
    • In the drop down menu for Posts page select “Blog” .
    • Save changes.

How to use different design/template for different pages in WordPress

Do you want to have different design / appearance for different pages in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to create and use a custom template for a page in WordPress.

From your wordpress admin, while creating a page you can see a template drop down menu under ‘Page Attributes’ section. Clicking on it will allow you to select the template for that page.
But first you need to create a custom page template and put it under your theme’s directory.

Creating a Custom Page template in WordPress

By default WordPress utilizes a template file called page.php to control the appearance of your pages. You will find it in /wp-content/themes/ directory. Now you need to add a custom page template here. The easiest way to get started is by creating a duplicate of existing page template (ie. page.php) provided by your theme. Rename your file like page-home.php, page-contact.php etc. Now start editing your custom page template file. You can make changes in their layout and appearance. This requires a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and PHP. Once you are done customizing, upload it back to your theme folder using FTP.

How to create a nice sticky footer bar and get more conversions

Introduction

A sticky footer is a footer that stays below your webpage and it stays there even if the user scrolls down the page. A sticky footer helps create clicks and conversion. You can use this to create more attention to your posts, email optins, or whatever post that you feel will be a great way to earn conversions.

In this post, we’ll show you how to add a sticky footer bar in WordPress. To make things easier, we will be using a WordPress plugin. We will guide you from the plugin setup until you have generated your first sticky footer.
Let’s Get Started

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First, you’ll need to download and install Webloggerz WP Floating footer bar. We’ve chosen Webloggerz because it is an easy-to-use, fully customizable sticky footer plugin. What is great about this plugin is that you can add your social media profiles to your sticky footer.

Step 1: Activate
Once installed, activate the plugin right away so we can start using it. Once activated, a new menu will appear on the dashboard pane called Floating Bar.

dashboard menu

Step 2: Setup
Click the Floating Bar menu so you can configure the floating bar to your liking. You’ll see a page similar to this:

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There are two methods available: manual and automatic. In automatic mode, just enter the category ID of your choice and this plugin will display the posts one at a time.

In manual mode, you can use your HTML skills to add a form, embed a video, add a nifty music player and even embed a website in it.

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In the example below, we used basic HTML forms to create a signup page and embed a YouTube video in the sticky footer.

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The social links section lets you add your social media profiles in the sticky footer. Here’s how it will look like:

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Step 3: Save and Enjoy!
Once you are satisfied with your sticky footer, click Save to save your changes. To fine tune your sticky footer, you might need to save and view the your progress from time to time. Which means, every change you do will affect the actual website itself. To avoid confusion from your visitors, it’s best to tune your sticky footer in a test site before using it on your live site especially if you’ll be using the manual method.

Here’s what the finished product will look like:

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What To Expect
Webloggerz Sticky Footer bar is a quick and easy to use sticky footer plugin for your WordPress blog or website. This plugin sits below your page regardless if the visitor scrolls down a page or go to another page.

A sticky footer like this is great for showcasing your featured post, helps in generating clicks for those unpopular posts, or making signups easier for your visitors. Keep the bar as thin and as unobtrusive as possible otherwise, visitors will find in intrusive and annoying than useful. So don’t try to embed a video or add another website in this sticky footer bar even if you can.

Use it for optin forms and expect higher conversion rates. Why not give it a try?