Learn how to turn your WordPress.com blog into a static website to promote your creative work, business, or organization.
Each day, over 20,000 people sign up with WordPress.com. Some want blogs to share passions and make friends. Some want a website to promote a product, an organization, or a business. Still others — including artists, musicians, designers, authors, and more — want a website to showcase their creations. Want to know how to turn that blog into a static website? Read on! This post is for you.
I know my way around — what’s the skinny on getting a static homepage?
1. Create pages
What would you like to share with your site visitors? If you’re a business, you might want to share a little bit about the company, its location, history, and offerings. We recommend creating a page for each of these items. You might still want to have a blog — where you share updates about your business, including customer profiles, staff profiles, special offers, etc. — but you just don’t want that blog to be the first thing visitors see when they arrive at your site.
2. Create a custom menu
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Once you’ve created your pages, the next step is to add those pages to a Custom Menu, so that they form your site’s navigation.
Go to My Sites → Menus to create and save your new menu:
3. Select a static homepage
Did you know that every theme supports a static homepage? To select your static homepage, go to My Sites → Customize.
On the list of options, you’ll see Static Front Page at the very bottom. Select your homepage from the dropdown and click Save & Publish:
When visitors arrive at your website’s address, they’ll see the page you selected. In this example for the fictitious company, Gus’ Pet Emporium, Gus has selected his “About us” page as his website’s homepage:
And that’s all there is to it: create pages, create a custom menu, and select your static homepage. Voilà, you have a website — it’s as easy as one, two, three!