Ever wondered what WordPress tips, tricks, and hacks most popular WordPress sites are using? In this article, we will share some of the most wanted WordPress tips, tricks, and hacks that will help you use WordPress like a pro.
1. Use a Custom Homepage
By default, WordPress shows your latest posts on the homepage of your website. You can change that and use any page as your site’s homepage.
First you need to create a new page in WordPress, and you can name this page home. Next, you will need to create another page and let’s call this page blog as you will use it to display your blog posts.
Now go to Settings » Reading page in your WordPress admin and under ‘Front page displays’ option and switch to ‘A static page’. After that you will be able to select the pages you just created as your home and blog pages.
You can also create a custom homepage template to use for your home page. Simply create a new file on your computer using a plain text editor and add this code at the top of it.
/* Template Name: Custom Homepage */
Save this file as custom-homepage.php on your desktop.
Next, you need to connect to your website using an FTP client and go to /wp-content/themes/your-current-theme/ folder. Now upload the file you created earlier to your theme folder.
Return back to the WordPress admin area and edit your home page. You will be able to select your custom homepage template under the page attributes metabox.
For more details see our guide on how to create a custom page template in WordPress.
Now this page will be completely empty and it will not show anything at all. You can use custom HTML/CSS and WordPress template tags to build your own page layout. You can also use a page builder plugin to easily create one using drag and drop tools.