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static or current post front page??
« on: May 24, 2014 @ 07:30 PM »
I'm new to blogging and I'm not sure what the benefits would be to having a static front page or my current posts as my blogs front page. Any easy explanations of these and the pros/cons would be extremely helpful!


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Re: static or current post front page??
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014 @ 11:15 AM »
For a blog, I would definitely vote for a recent posts vs static content. It's the format we are used to and trained to relate to. I think I am a little old school these days, though, and the web is ever changing so I would love to hear a different approach and why as well.

But, my feeling and the mere definition of blog (a web log) include "posts typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first)." Way back in the 90's when I began my web design career, gateway pages or welcome landing page were common. But as the web got bigger and busier, those extra pages visitors had to click through became a barrier and just extra work. Sometimes you only have seconds to grab a visitors attention and you could lose them because of making them work.

Have you ever left a web page instead of clicking through to get to what you came for? I have. Think about your surfing habits, what you expect and like to see when you land on a blog.

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Re: static or current post front page??
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014 @ 09:36 AM »
Thank you! All good points :) I appreciate your input! ~Megan

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Re: static or current post front page??
« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2016 @ 09:53 PM »
I realize this is an old post, but just wanted to simply say, it is all in what you are trying to accomplish, and what you want the first impression to be.

If it is a journal of your daily/weekly habits, and creativity, then of course the blog is what you want to put out there first, preferably with lots of photos,
this is what I like Wordpress Dyad, and Gazette themes for, very responsive.

On the other hand, if you are wanting to use your Wordpress  as a website, then the static page is the way to go. You can add a professional touch
to the blog, and link new pages both on the blog, and off.

I understand what Karen is trying to say, but do not necessarily agree. Mirror, or Splash pages, or as Karen referred to them as
gateway pages or welcome landing pages, can still be very beneficial, especially if used simply and properly.

All my domains use one, in one form or another, if you check my signature you will see some examples. I do pay into hosting,
one is with an actual host, with cpanel, etc.... the other is hosting my digital scrap forum, where one of my domain name's splash pages is hosted.

Anyway, bottom line, it really does depend on what you want your end result to be, but people who need a good splash, or landing page should not rule the static page out.

 You can see an example of a very productive splash page at my Digital Art & Graphics WP store here

Hope that helps a little more.

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Re: static or current post front page??
« Reply #4 on: Oct 13, 2016 @ 11:57 AM »
I have seen blogs recently that are featuring more of a static page with general information and various blogger badges/link ups.

However, I prefer the that my homepage include all my blog posts, starting with the most recent. I feel it's easier for readers to locate what they want to read.

Good luck with your blog.

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