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Step 8: WordPress Reading Settings

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.

WordPress Reading Settings

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.

About the author: I’m a techie, a gadget geek, a former programmer, and all-around technology nut. Currently I’m a business analyst for a technology company. I love what technology can do for us. I love smartphones and apps for everything. Building sites with Thesis 2.0 and WordPress help me to reconnect with the feeling of building something tangible.

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  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 7:08 PM

    On this reading page….My WP version(I guess it is the latest version) doesn’t have the option of “static” or” Blog Pages “anywhere on the page? What’s up with that?

  • Doug Macklem March 5, 2013, 7:27 PM

    Tom: I’m running WP 3.5.1 (the latest) and I have this option. I believe this option has been around for several years so I don’t know why you wouldn’t see it. Are you running a theme (other than Thesis)? I wonder if a theme can alter this?

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 8:10 PM

    yes I am running the same version. Now….I have just downloaded Thesis2.0 yerterday and did nothing else other than click download. Is there or was there anything else that I was suppose to do?

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 8:14 PM

    I see Thesis installed so I’m perplexed as to why there is nothing showing on my WP “reading settings” that allows Page type. The first line on MY page shows “Blog pages show at most”

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 8:18 PM

    I notice on the display page you use as an example…Thesis is not listed on the left side bar. Do I suppose to do these setting”BEFORE” I download Thesis?

  • Doug Macklem March 5, 2013, 8:43 PM

    Tom: correct, at this point, Thesis has not been installed. These settings remain in my installation even after the Thesis install. I’m not sure why you don’t see these options. I found a page where the poster had to delete and re-install WP to get it to work.

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 9:29 PM

    I uninstalled WP and reinstalled it and it appeared! Viola! thanks….I’m sure I’ll be contacting you in these next few weeks to get my blog going with Thesis 2.0.
    Thank You

  • Doug Macklem March 5, 2013, 9:31 PM

    Tom: great. Strange how this works but I’m glad it was early in your build before all the customizations were in place.

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 9:35 PM

    Ut Oh! Gone when I installed Thesis after it initially showed on the reading pages. I’m going to uninstall again and if the page show correct again…I will click on those two option first and then try to downloading Thesis this is so frustration

  • Doug Macklem March 5, 2013, 9:47 PM

    Tom: you could try uploading wp-includes and wp-admin files using FTP first. From your WordPress Dashboard, refresh your browser and/or cache then navigate back to the Readings settings. I don’t understand what is going on here but software can be frustrating.

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 9:51 PM

    It did the same thing….GRRrrrrrrrrrrrr…. When I initially installed WP it was there. Then, when I installed Thesis 2.0 it was gone. This is a problem for me as I want my blog to be on auto pilot with a program I purchased and it should be formatted to post new RSS feed articles every 8 hours on the front page. Now…I’m not sure if the front page will be “static’ or postable? Any suggestions?

  • Doug Macklem March 5, 2013, 9:55 PM

    I’m a little unsure what you mean by “program I purchased”. Are you wanting to consume an RSS feed and display them as posts? Is there an example site I can look at to get an idea of what you want?

    How did you “uninstall” WP the first time? You can use FTP to delete the root directory then use your host’s WP script to re-install. How are you installing WP?

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 10:05 PM

    I got it figured out!!!!!!!! Check this out…. When I reinstalled WP( which I probably didn’t really even have to) I went to-Appearance>Themes> Thesis Themes… up poped a left side bar and in that side bar there were two lines..
    “Site Title and Tagline” and ” Static Front Page”. When I clicked on the little gray “down” arrow to the right of Static Front Page…guess what was there? You got it . The two button choice of a Static front page or Your latest posts. Man that put a good hand full of grey hairs on my noggin! LOL

  • Doug Macklem March 5, 2013, 10:07 PM

    That is strange. When you go to Reading settings, do you now see the options?

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 10:15 PM
    That’s the site for the program… Read it and see what you think. I’m going to create a blog with RSS Feeds( Google and the likes) on my niche and then monetize it. I am a new affiliate marketer. Anyhow if you have time to watch the ad at this link let me know what you think of it?

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 10:17 PM

    No the button aren’t in the “reading” tab just on the Thesis front page when I click on Thesis themes.

  • Doug Macklem March 5, 2013, 10:21 PM

    I think I know what you are seeing. I can go to Appearance > Themes > Thesis > Customize and see this setting. However, I believe this to be reflecting your Reading settings. I’m a little nervous that you still don’t see this setting. My fear is that there may be other “broken” functions that will bite you later.

    I’ll check out the program. I’m not an expert affiliate marketer at this point even though I have some links in my sidebar.

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 10:24 PM

    Hey Doug,
    Now that I’ve relistened to the ad myself….Do I even need Thesis to run this or is this a WP theme in itself. It sounded that way to me about 2minutes and 40 seconds on the recording( that’s when the announcer said it was a brand new WP theme) With that in mind….would I actually need to use Thesis Your Thoughts?

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 10:27 PM

    the thing is tho…I can actually change the functions on that window if I wanted too( there are buttons on the drop down tab)… Not just that they are a reflection of setting in “readings”? Now You got me worried again…lolNOT

  • tom barney March 5, 2013, 11:18 PM

    also Doug, this link is a plugin that really got me excited about the blog being on auto pilot. What do you think of this one?

  • Doug Macklem March 6, 2013, 7:40 AM

    Tom: it sounds like a full theme by itself so you may not need Thesis. I don’t know anything about it. I have done some reading on affiliate marketing but haven’t done much with it until recently. I like Rae Hoffman’s site for great information ( Another interesting affiliate is Pat at

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