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May 14th, 2009, 09:26 PM
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Did you know you can set any page to be your homepage on Wordpress and you don't have to use the default homepage? Here is how (the following tip assumes you are using wordpress 2.7 or better):

Once you have designed your homepage, you will need to add the following to the very beginning of your html, even before the opening <head> tag:



Template Name: Home Page



"Home Page" is simply the name you are giving this page. It can be whatever name you like, but everything else must stay the same. Also note that the file needs to be a php file. Even if it is only html/css code, still go ahead and save it as a php file and be sure to give it a unique name and not a name that would conflict with the existing pages. For example, do not name it "index.php" or "page.php" as these page names already exist in the wordpress installation. Something like "homepage.php" would be fine. Next upload your new homepage to your theme folder via FTP. If you are using the default wordpress template, you would upload your file to the /wp-content/themes/default folder.

Now double check in wordpress to make sure its there. Go to appearance>>editor. You should see your homepage in the list to the right under "theme files". If you named the template "Home Page" and named the file "homepage.php", you will see a new page Called "Home Page Template" and underneath it will show you the name of the file, which would be "homepage.php".

The next step is to create a new page using this template. To do this, go to "page" (NOT "post") and click "add new". You can name this page anything you like. I like to keep it simple and name it something like "homepage." After you have given your page a name, be sure to click "publish", then go over to "settings" and click on "reading". Under "Front page displays", click the radio button next to "static page". Next to "front page", you will see a drop down box; find your new page in the list and select it. Click "save changes".

That's all!

Last edited by LadyViola; May 14th, 2009 at 09:30 PM.
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May 17th, 2009, 02:48 PM
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Thanks for this. I am thinking about trying Wordpress out myself. Anything you can provide would be great.
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