Creating the “Home” Page (Front Page)

Your Home Page is the perfect place where you can make a great impression and set the right expectations. You can add a catchy bio, highlight your favorite projects or showcase others in a beautiful grid. With those things in mind, let’s get started, and drive great results.

Step 1 — Create a Home Page

In order to create a simple, yet impactful home page, you need to start from scratch. With other words, log into WordPress Dashboard, go to Pages, and click on Add new. Write down a name that is relevant, such as Home, just to avoid mixing up things.

Step 2 — Set the Portfolio Archive Page Template

Within the same page you can easily set the ”Portfolio Archive” template. Just go to the sidebar at Page Attributes, click on Template, and choose the Portfolio Archive from the drop-down.

This format particularly allows you to display your projects within a grid. On top of that, it makes room to feature some of them in the Hero Area slideshow (check out this screenshot to see the result).

The main point of the Featured Projects it to highlight a few of your best work to grab attention and let people engage with it. The Featured Projects Options area is displayed under Hero Area → Content section, and it offers you a lot of creative freedom to play with.

For example, you can easily select which Projects you want to display, the Number per page, or the Pagination Style (infinite scroll or standard). From there you can also exclude the featured projects from the grid list, so they don’t get duplicated.

Besides those options, you can go even further and customize the grid number of columns, spacing, and hover effect  by going to Appearance → Customize → Layout, and click on Portfolio Archive.

Step 4 — Set a Static Front Page

To finish this up, let’s put the above-created page on the front page. By default, WordPress displays the latest posts there. Therefore, to change that and show your new Home Page, please follow this quick method:

  1. Log into WordPress Dashboard
  2. Go to Settings → Readings, click on A static page (screenshot), and choose Home from the Front page drop-down.
  3. Click on the Save & Publish button to save your new settings.

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Updated on October 27, 2017

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