How To Customize and Optimize Your WordPress Posts Page

Once your blog page is live, you can customize it further. Fortunately, WordPress makes this process incredibly simple.

WordPress template controls how the elements on a page are displayed at a fundamental coding level. Although your WordPress installation may include a blog template, creating one could better suit your requirements. For example, you can increase the volume of posts that appear on a page, enlarge the image sizes associated with each post, change their order, increase excerpt lengths, and much more.

Many themes will include their own admin panels to help customize these elements without the need to get your hands dirty with coding. However, a plugin such as Blog Designer is a good alternative if you need a quick, simple solution.

You could also think about using these elements to arrange posts in a different order, such as by categories, tags, or author. The Blog Designer plugin could do this, but if you’ve gone down the manual route, Smashing Magazine wrote a stellar piece on how to do this with code.

To give visitors an even greater way to find your older posts, you could employ a dedicated archive widget. Of course, there are WordPress plugins for this, such as Annual Archive.

This enables you to display daily, weekly, monthly and yearly archives. You can also display your archive on a post-by-post basis (i.e., displaying the title of the post, rather than a date).

Finally, it’s also worth thinking about a few optional extras to enhance the user’s experience. For example, your Posts page could be the ideal place for a dedicated email subscription form. Those readers who have already perused your blog are potentially more apt to subscribe. To achieve this, DreamHost provides a version of the popular WPForms plugin with all hosting plans.