I keep having to look this up so here’s a breakdown of what you need to do to use a static home page for a WordPress based website.
- Log into Admin area
- Go to – Settings – Reading
- Check – A Static Page
- Select Page to be used as home page
- Go to Settings – Permalink – select Custom Structure and enter – /%postname%
NB. If you’re going to be using the Blogging facility for a News section or something similar then don’t name your page template – home.php or you’ll end up with a conflict. To display your Posts in News etc you’ll need to select the Posts Page in – Settings – Reading.