Create A Widgetized Static Homepage And Separate Blog Page (Solution #2)
Another way to create a Widgetized Static Homepage and separate Blog Page (find the other solution HERE) is to use the WordPress "Reading Settings" in conjunction with the Dynamik EZ Static Homepage feature as well as a separate "Blog" Page.
Setup The Static Homepage:
1. Go to Dynamik Design > EZ > Static Homepage EZ-Widget Areas > "Homepage Type" and select "Static Homepage.
2. Then just below that option under "Static Homepage Structure" select your desired Widgetized structure and then save your changes.
3. Then go to "Pages" in your WordPress Dashboard and click "Add New" to create a new Page.
4. Name your page whatever you like (i.e.. "Home", "Homepage", etc..) and then click "Publish" to publish your new homepage.
5. Now follow the next steps to create your separate blog page.
Setup The Separate Blog Page:
1. Under "Pages" in your WordPress Dashboard click "Add New" to create a new Page.
2. Name your page whatever you like (i.e.. "Blog", "News", "Articles", etc..) and then click "Publish" to publish your new blog page.
3. Then go to Appearance > Menus to assign it to the appropriate menu.
4. Go to Settings > Reading > "Front page displays" and select "A static page".
5. Then assign the "Front page" your new homepage page and assign the "Posts page" your new blog page.
6. Finally, save your changes and refresh the front-end of your site. You should now have a Widgetized Static Homepage that reflects your Dynamik Design > EZ > "Static Homepage EZ-Widget Areas" settings and a separate blog page that displays your latest posts.
Please Note: If you've used a page that was previously created and assigned to your custom menu as your homepage then it will display in your navigation along with your "Home" page, both pages highlighted as active pages when on your homepage. In this case you will want to go to Appearance > Menus and remove that page from your custom menu so only the "Home" page appears in the navigation on the front-end of your site.
Custom EZ Static Homepage template code snippet can be found HERE.