The “Reading” Settings are next. From the Dashboard, click “Settings” then “Reading”. This is where you will determine what type of home page you want. You have two options, first you can use your home page in a typical blog style, showing your most recent posts. This is what I have chose to do for this site. Secondly, you have the option to make your home page a “static” page. This means the content doesn’t change and your blog posts will show up on a different page. If you choose “static page” you will be prompted to pick a page to use as your home page. You may want to create a page first, before choosing this option. You will need to decide what type of home page you want.
For examples of both types of sites, check out the links below. They are for the same type of business, but one chose a blog style home page and one chose a static style home page.
You can also limit the number of posts to be displayed on the home page. I like to limit to 6 posts maximum to help my home page to load faster and to prevent users from having to scroll too far to reach the bottom of the page.
I also limit the blog posts to only show “Summary” posts so subscribers will click through to read the full post on my website. We’ll cover subscriptions in a later post.
For more detail on WordPress Reading Settings check the WordPress codex here.