Setting up the Home Page

If you are working with a fresh installation of WordPress, upon installing and activating the Trusted theme, you will more than likely be presented with a home page which looks similar to this:

Home page with Trusted theme on fresh installation

The default WordPress settings will display the latest blog posts on the front page. To change this and display the three featured services boxes and the home page content, you will first need to adjust the settings to display a static front page.

In your site dashboard, navigate to Settings > Reading where you will be able to select a static page to display as the front page. If you have a fresh WordPress installation you will probably only have the ‘Sample Page’ to choose from at this point. If you have created more pages, you will be able to select any published page to display as your static front page.

Reading settings showing latest blog posts

Reading settings showing static front page

You can also change the static front page in the customizer by navigating to Appearance > Customize > Static Front Page

Static front page settings in the WordPress customizer

Now you have a static page displaying as your front page, you will be able to customize the home page of the Trusted theme.
Navigate to Appearance > Customize > Home Page Settings > Featured Services

Editing the home page featured services

To display the three featured service boxes, make sure to check the box next to ‘Activate Featured Section’.

You will notice that the three boxes contain content from your three latest blog posts – if you have a fresh WordPress installation you will probably only have the one ‘Hello World!’ blog post to display.

To change this so that it displays content relevent to your website, you can select a page for each of the three featured services. When you select a page from the dropdown selector, the title and the excerpt of the selected page will display in the box. You can also change the icon which is diplayed above the title of each box, and there are more than 700 icons to choose from.

Again, if are working with a fresh installation of WordPress, you may only have the ‘Sample Page’ to select from. At this point you may want to add more pages to your site, or edit your current pages.
From within the dashboard, Pages > Add New or Pages > All Pages > select 'Edit' below the page title

In the page editor, if you cannot see anywhere to enter an excerpt, click on ‘Screen Options’ usually found towards the top right of the screen and make sure to check the box next to ‘Excerpt’. You will now be able to write your own hand-crafted excerpt for this page. If you do not add an excerpt, the featured service box will display a small snippet of the page’s main content.

Edit a page to add an excerpt

Select a page for the featured services