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WordPress Reading Settings

Reading Settings screen is used to set the content on the front page. You can set the number of posts to be displayed on the main page or have a static front page. You can also adjust syndication feed features as well as to toggle search engine visibility option.

Click Administration > Settings > Reading:

wordpress reading settings

wordpress reading settings

You can read our detailed tutorial on how to create WordPress Static Front Page.

In this article we are going to mention briefly the main steps to create static front page.

Edit the default Sample page (or create new Page) – we'll name our page Home Page Heading.

Create new empty Page with any title without any content (our will be named Blog) to hold your blog posts.

wordpress reading settings

In Appearance > Menus create new menu primary and add both pages (edit Home Page Heading to Home):

wordpress reading settings

In Settings > Reading select Static page

For Front page select Home Page Heading

For Posts page select Blog

wordpress reading settings

Save Changes and click Pages link – WordPress has marked our pages making it easy to distinguish from all other pages we may want to build:

wordpress reading settings

Click Visit Site link:

wordpress reading settings

wordpress reading settings

Blog pages show at most

Enter the number of posts to be displayed, per page, on your site. Depending on theme design the number may vary. Keep in mind the visitors do not like to scroll and WordPress has an easy to implement Previous / Next navigation.

Syndication feeds show the most recent

Enter the number of posts people will see when they download one of your site's feeds (default is 10).

For each article in a feed, show

Determines whether or not the feed will include the full article (default) or just a summary.

Search Engine Visibility

If the Discourage search engines from indexing this site box is checked:

New line of code is added to head> section:

<meta name='robots' content='noindex,nofollow' />

WordPress will reply to hits on robots.txt sending:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

if WordPress is installed in the site root and no robots.txt exists.

Stops pings to ping-o-matic and any other RPC ping services specified in the Update Services of Administration > Settings > Writing.

Hides the Update Services option entirely on the Administration > Settings > Writing screen with the message WordPress is not notifying any Update Services because of your blog's privacy settings.

Note:Neither of these options will block the access to your site and it is up to search engines to honor this request.

Save Changes

Click the Save Changes button to ensure any changes you have made to your Settings are saved to your database.

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