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How to edit homepage in WordPress

How to Edit Your WordPress Homepage (Beginner’s Guide + Tips) 

Written By: author image Stacey Corrin
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Stacey has been writing about WordPress and digital marketing for over 10 years and on other topics for much longer. Alongside this, she's fascinated with web design, user experience, and SEO.
     Reviewed By: John Turner
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John Turner is the co-founder of SeedProd. He has over 20+ years of business and development experience and his plugins have been downloaded over 25 million times.

Do you want to know how to edit a homepage in WordPress?

If you’ve just started your WordPress website, you might be wondering why your homepage looks like a blog filled with your latest posts. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many beginners find it tricky to figure out how to customize their homepage to show something different.

The good news is that WordPress makes it easy to edit your homepage and create a unique first impression for your visitors. Whether you want to showcase your products, services, customer reviews, or create a stunning portfolio, we’ll guide you through the process step-by-step.

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Why Edit Your WordPress Homepage?

Your WordPress homepage is the first thing visitors see, and you should optimize it to enhance user engagement and create a great first impression.

For WordPress blogs, featuring recent posts is common. But, if you have an eCommerce site, you’ll benefit from highlighting new products, trends, and promotions to boost sales. Similarly, small businesses should display services, team information, and testimonials to attract clients.

However, the problem many of our readers face is this: editing a WordPress homepage to look professional and drive conversions is difficult without design or coding skills.

Luckily, you’re in the right place. We’ll walk you through the process of how to edit your homepage in WordPress and customize it without hiring a developer. The steps are easy to follow, even for complete beginners.

How to Edit Homepage in WordPress Using a Theme Builder

SeedProd best WordPress landing page plugin

SeedProd is one of the best website builders for WordPress. With its drag-and-drop editor, you can build and customize any type of website layout in real time without coding, including your WordPress homepage.

You can use SeedProd’s page builder plugin to create a WordPress theme with a custom WordPress homepage template and any other type of WordPress page.

Note: There’s a free version of SeedProd, but you’ll need the Pro version to access the theme builder functionality and edit your homepage template.

First, you’ll need to download the SeedProd plugin and install it on your WordPress website to get started. You can learn how to install a WordPress plugin in this step-by-step guide.

After installing and activating the plugin, navigate to SeedProd » Theme builder and click the ‘Themes Template Kits’ button.

SeedProd theme template kits

This opens a window where you can see several professionally designed themes. Each theme caters to different types of websites, such as weddings, portfolios, agencies, and more. They come with custom headers, footers, sidebars, and homepage settings.

Hover your mouse over the template you like and click the checkmark icon. For this guide, we’ll choose the ‘Photography Website’ theme.

SeedProd photography website theme template

Doing this will create all the templates that make up your WordPress theme. This includes a static homepage template.

Seedprod theme builer

Editing the Homepage Template

SeedProd makes editing your theme templates easy with its drag-and-drop landing page builder.

All you need to do is hover your mouse over the “Homepage” template and click the Edit Design link.

how to edit homepage in WordPress using SeedProd

Clicking that link will open your homepage in SeedProd’s page builder.

After opening the homepage template, you’ll see the visual editor, which has WordPress blocks, sections, and settings on the left-hand side. On the right is a preview of your page that you can edit in real time.

homepage template in page builder

Clicking any element on the page opens a panel on the left-hand side. Here, you can customize its content, styling, and display options by pointing and clicking with your mouse.

For example, when you click a headline or text element, you can edit the demo content and replace it with information about your business.

Edit WordPress homepage headline and text

Next, we’ll add a gallery to the homepage to display our portfolio on the homepage.

Click the Gallery block element in the template until you see an orange outline, then click it. On the left, you’ll see a panel where you can upload images from your computer or WordPress media library.

Edit homepage gallery in WordPress

You can then click the advanced tab and change the number of columns, spacing, link source, image size, and more.

gallery advanced settings for WordPress hompage customization

Next, we’ll scroll down the homepage and remove the ‘About Me’ section. We want to create a more engaging section with a call to action to learn more.

To remove the section, however over and click the trashcan icon.

Remove homepage template section

Now, we’ll head to the Sections tab and choose a premade call to action section.

SeedProd call to action section

After choosing a section, SeedProd will automatically add it to the bottom of your homepage. From there, you can edit its content.

edit homepage section in WordPress

As you can see below, we’ve added a different photo, edited the description, and customized the call to action button.

New custom homepage template section

Once you’ve finished customizing your homepage, click the ‘Save’ button at the top of the screen. Then, return to the list of templates by clicking the ‘X’ icon.

Enabling Your Custom WordPress Homepage

When you’re ready to make your new theme and homepage live, toggle the ‘Enable SeedProd Theme’ setting to the ‘YES’ position.

enable seedprod theme

Now, when you visit your website’s homepage and every other page on your site, you’ll see a fully custom design.

Custom homepage preview

Compelling Hompages Edited with SeedProd

You don’t need to take our word for it. Many brands have successfully used SeedProd to completely Edit their homepages with excellent results.

Here’s how Duplicator transformed its WordPress homepage:

Editing WordPress Homepage Using Theme Customizer

The great thing about WordPress is it comes with tons of customizable WordPress themes you can use to create a great-looking website. Even better, the best WordPress themes often come with a homepage design you can easily customize.

You can find your themes’ options by navigating to Appearance » Customize from your WordPress dashboard. This launches the WordPress theme customizer and shows a live preview of your theme.

You can edit your homepage in the WordPress live theme customizer

The WordPress theme customizer will show different options for different WordPress themes. The preview you see, and the available options will look different from our example, depending on which theme you’re using. You can also edit your menus, widget areas, and other page settings with the customizer.

To edit any area of your homepage, click the blue pencil icon next to each element. In this example, we’re editing the image, text, and button at the top of the homepage.

Edit your WordPress home page with the live preview and customizer

You can also remove sections of your homepage by clicking the blue eye icon. It’s also possible to add sections back to your page by clicking the Frontpage Sections tab in the customizer and clicking the eye icon.

Add and remove homepage sections in the live customizer

When you’re happy with how your homepage looks, click the Publish button to make the page live for your audience.

Here’s how our homepage looks now that we’ve finished editing it.

Preview of a custom WordPress homepage using WordPress theme customizer

Using your theme’s built-in customization settings to edit your WordPress home page is an excellent option if you need to make simple changes. Yet, it may not have all the options you need.

We’ll look at some more customization options next.

Editing WordPress Homepage Using Block Editor

If you prefer to create and edit your homepage from scratch and use your own layout, you can easily do this with the WordPress block editor (Gutenberg).

To do this, navigate to the new “home” page you created earlier and click Edit. Then, you can start creating content for the page.

You can edit your WordPress homepage using the WordPress block editor

We’ll use a few simple WordPress blocks to create a basic homepage layout.

First, let’s add a welcome message to the page to improve the user experience. To do this, click on the page and start typing your message. WordPress will create a paragraph block for you automatically.

write your home page welcome message using the paragraph block

To make your message larger, navigate to the block settings on the right-hand side. Then under the Preset Size heading, you can select a text size from the dropdown menu.

Change the text size of your WordPress home page welcome message

If you like, you can change the color of your text in the Color Settings section.

Change the text color of your WordPress homepage message

Next, let’s add an image to the page.

To do that, click the Plus (+) icon in your editor toolbar and select the Image block. You can find the image block under the Media heading, or you can search for it in the search box.

Add an image to your home page with the WordPress image block

You can select an image from your media library or upload one from your computer.

Choose an image from the media library or upload one from your computer

Next, add another paragraph block asking visitors to check out our latest blog posts.

After that, you can add a Latest Posts block to show your recent posts. You can edit the block settings on the right-hand side of the screen. We’ve set our block to show the featured image, post excerpt, and title.

Add the WordPress latest posts block and customize the settings

You can choose as many blocks as you like for your homepage. Changing the page template to use no sidebars or make it full-width is also possible. However, this depends on the WordPress theme you use.

In our example, we’re using the Hestia WordPress theme.

When you’re happy with your changes, click the Publish button at the top-right of your screen.

Then you can preview your finished homepage:

Here's an example of a home page we  edited using the WordPress block editor

Setting a Separate Home & Blog Page

As mentioned earlier, WordPress usually shows your latest blog posts on your homepage. That said, many businesses and blogs create a custom homepage with a separate blog page showing their blog posts.

So, how about we look at setting up a separate homepage and blog page in WordPress?

The first step is to set up a new homepage by navigating to Pages » Add New from your WordPress dashboard. Give the page a title like Home or Homepage, then click Publish to publish the page.

Create a new page for your homepage

Next, repeat the process to create a new page to show your blog posts. Head to Pages » Add New and name the new page Blog. Then, you can publish the new blank page.

Create a new page for your WordPress blog.

Once your pages are ready, it’s time to tell WordPress to start using them.

To do that, navigate to Settings » Reading from your WordPress admin area. Then, under the “Your homepage displays” heading, choose the static page option. This will let you select a specific page for your homepage and blog from the dropdown menus provided.

Set your static homepage and blog page in the WordPress reading settings.

For the Homepage option, choose the page you just created. Then, for the Posts page option, select the page you created for your blog posts.

After setting up your pages, click the Save Changes button to preserve your settings.

Homepage Best Practices for Maximum Impact

Editing your homepage is a great first step, but making it truly shine takes a bit more finesse. Here are some proven tips to ensure your homepage not only looks good but also delivers results:

  • Smart Layout: Imagine your homepage as a storefront. You want it organized and inviting, right? Start with a strong headline and a brief intro that captures attention. Then, guide visitors through sections highlighting your products, services, or best content. Make it a breeze for them to find what they need.
  • Crystal-Clear Calls to Action (CTAs): Every homepage needs a purpose. What do you want visitors to DO? Whether it’s “Shop Now,” “Sign Up,” or “Learn More,” make your CTAs impossible to miss. Use action-oriented words and eye-catching buttons to entice clicks.
  • Mobile-Friendly Design: These days, most folks browse the web on their phones. Your homepage MUST look fantastic on any device, big or small. Pick a WordPress theme that adapts to different screens or use a page builder to ensure a smooth experience for everyone.
  • Eye-Catching Visuals: Remember, a good photo can say more than a paragraph of text. Use high-quality images and graphics that grab attention and tell your brand’s story. Avoid anything blurry or pixelated, and choose visuals that match your overall style.

Troubleshooting Common Homepage Issues

Even with the best guides, sometimes things don’t go quite as planned. If you’re having trouble with your homepage, don’t panic. Here are solutions to some common issues:

Homepage Not Updating.

This can be frustrating, but it usually has a simple fix. First, try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies.

If that doesn’t work, double-check that you’ve published your changes (look for the “Update” or “Publish” button in your WordPress editor).

Still no luck? Your website host might be caching your pages. Try purging their cache or temporarily disabling caching plugins.

404 Error on Homepage

A 404 error means your homepage can’t be found. This could be due to a permalink issue. Head to Settings » Permalinks in your WordPress dashboard and click “Save Changes” (even if you didn’t make any). 

Save permalink changes

Another culprit could be a conflict with your theme or plugins. Try switching to a default theme temporarily to see if that resolves the issue.

Mobile Display Woes

If your homepage looks wonky on mobile devices, your theme might not be responsive. Responsive themes automatically adjust to fit different screen sizes.

Consider switching to a mobile-friendly theme or using a page builder with responsive features. If you’re already using a responsive theme, check for plugin conflicts or CSS issues that might be messing with the layout.

FAQs About Editing the WordPress Homepage

How do I change the front page of my WordPress site?
You can change your WordPress front page by setting a static page in the Settings » Reading menu. This will allow you to design a custom first page and set it as your default homepage.
How do I manually create a custom homepage in WordPress?
In WordPress, create a new page with your desired content and layout. Then, head to Settings » Reading and set “A static page” as your homepage. Choose the page you just created and save the changes. This makes your custom page the first thing visitors see.
How do I add a homepage button in WordPress?
There isn’t a built-in “homepage” button in WordPress navigation menus, but you can easily add a button that links to your homepage. Use the menus option in your dashboard and add a custom link with your website’s URL and “Home” or a preferred label as the text.

Next Steps

We hope this article helped you learn how to edit a homepage in WordPress.

Our top choice is to use SeedProd’s drag-and-drop theme builder. However, we recommend picking an option that best suits your website needs.

You might also find the following WordPress tutorials helpful in customizing your WordPress site:

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Stacey Corrin Writer
Stacey has been writing about WordPress and digital marketing for over 10 years and on other topics for much longer. Alongside this, she's fascinated with web design, user experience, and SEO.

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