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The Home tab

Several themes have a special header tab, usually “Home”, occasionally “Homepage” [*] or “Blog” [**] or an image [***] or the actual title of the blog [****]: that’s not a page such as those you create but a link back to the blog front (the main blog URL, which can be your latest posts or a static page). That tab is hard-coded into the default menu of the theme: you cannot edit or remove it (except in the few cases noted), unless you create and load a custom top menu (see note 2 at the bottom).

With header tabs
and built-in Home tab

Andreas 04
Andreas 09
Bueno [optional]
Day Dream
Digg 3 Column
Elegant Grunge
Fauna **
Fresh & Clean
iNove ***
iTheme2 ***
K2-lite **
Light **
Misty Look
Modularity Lite
Motion [can be removed]
Pool **
Retro MacOS ****
Rusty Grunge
Spring Loaded
Steira *
The Morning After [customizable, can be removed]
Titan [can be removed]
Twenty Eleven
Twenty Ten
Wu Wei

With header tabs
but no built-in Home tab

Adventure Journal
Bold Life
Brand New Day
Chaos Theory
Clean Home
Dark Wood
DePo Masthead
Dusk to Dawn
Inuit Types
Ocean Mist
Piano Black
Redoable Lite
Sandbox 1.6.1
Sandbox 1.6.2
Strange Little Town
Triton Lite
Under the Influence

With no header tabs
at all

[All the rest – list here]

Note 1: In all themes, the standard blog title (or the header image that surrounds it) works as a home link. You can also write a home link in a text widget (and drag that widget to top position). Plus you can create a Home tab by using one of the ways explained here.

Note 2: You can eliminate the Home tab, or add a Home tab, by using a custom header menu – see my post custom menus. Here’s what you need to do in the simplest case (if your top menu displays your pages and you just want to add a Home tab):
• Go to Appearance > Menus.
• Click the plus sign to create a menu, give it a name (for instance “my top menu”), click Create Menu.
• Click View All in the Pages module, tick Home, tick the rest of your pages (or click Select All), click Add to Menu.
• Click Save Menu once the pages have been added.
Select that menu from the pulldown in the Theme Locations module, click Save.



30 thoughts on “The Home tab

  1. And those with no header tabs?
    and a hard way home, unless you click your heels together three times…

    Posted by Tess | May 7, 2009, 06:58
  2. Didn’t expect comments in this simple post! What do you mean? Should I add something?

    Posted by Panos | May 7, 2009, 10:06
  3. Well, I was just thinking that especially for the rare person who wants a theme without top navigation, it’d be handy to have a list of them, rather than go through a process of elimination. If you see what I mean?

    (Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz, could get home by just clicking her heels together…)

    Posted by Tess | May 7, 2009, 15:42
  4. Ah I see now. Got that in another post; added link here. Thanks!

    Posted by Panos | May 7, 2009, 15:59
  5. Just had a bit of a browse through and you’ve done some great work here. Well done!

    Posted by Cat | May 9, 2009, 16:52
  6. Oh, welcome! Thanks – I’ll keep trying! Im trying to present some systematic information where it’s missing (e.g. on themes), plus publish various tricks I have worked out (mostly in response to unusual questions in the forum).

    Posted by Panos | May 9, 2009, 17:21
  7. I think the best thing is definitely the lists of theme behaviour with headers/tabs/categories as that’s a frequent thing and I can never remember which do what.

    It’s a shame engtech isn’t blogging anymore, he did some great theme comparisons back in the day even though it’s terribly outdated now.

    Posted by Cat | May 9, 2009, 17:47
  8. Yeah I know engtech’s amazing posts; most detailed theme scrutiny ever! But 21 out of 75 by now…

    Posted by Panos | May 9, 2009, 19:22
  9. Hey, me again. :)

    Just been looking for a resource that lists the maximum image size per theme, do you have one or have you seen one?

    If not, I’ve got some time today and might play around a bit.

    Posted by Cat | May 10, 2009, 13:11
  10. Needs checking and additions though. Journalist is wrong: actually it’s 720 for v1.3 and 700 for v1.9. Albeo is 480. Haven’t checked the rest of the missing ones. And I don’t understand how you define maximum in flexible-width themes.

    Also: minus about 10 if you’re using captioned images.

    Posted by Panos | May 10, 2009, 14:01
  11. That is what I meant, yes! I don’t check the FAQ much these days, tend to just go to the, even though it’s not completed. Still.

    I’ll have a look later seeing I’m procrastinating and should be doing a whole lot of other stuff instead. ;)

    Posted by Cat | May 10, 2009, 15:59
  12. Do a whole lot of other stuff instead! I’m afraid I’ll deal with this: did some checking, and most of the numbers in the FAQ are wrong…

    Posted by Panos | May 10, 2009, 16:55
  13. I’m sure I saw a page in the new Support wiki that showed the maximum size for images, but now I can’t find it. (Honestly, I feel total sympathy for anyone who is just starting and trying to figure things out by using that wiki.)

    Posted by Jennifer | May 16, 2009, 12:58
  14. Well by now I’ve worked out the correct numbers, and sooner or later I’m going to do a post on that…

    [Update – post here:]

    Posted by Panos | May 17, 2009, 04:39
  15. I set a static front page to my blog ( which I created with the K2-Lite template. However, with the static front page in place, I can’t seem to get to the blog (since the “Blog” tab is a link to the first page, which is static). Can you tell me how to get to the actual blog from the static home page?


    Posted by tdchuh | July 28, 2009, 21:34
  16. BTW, I read the Forum on How to Get “Posts Page” with static front page, but I just don’t understand what needs to be done.


    Posted by tdchuh | July 28, 2009, 21:52
  17. No problem – questions are welcome!

    You create a new page (with no content), title it “Posts” or whatever you like, publish it; then go to Settings>Reading, select it as your Posts page, click Save Changes.

    Posted by Panos | July 28, 2009, 22:09
  18. Thanks! It works (thank you for your patience!).

    Posted by tdchuh | July 28, 2009, 23:08
  19. You’re welcome (although you needn’t thank me here for a reply in the forum)! Key point for you is the last phrase/link of the post.

    Posted by Panos | May 16, 2010, 07:11
  20. thanks A LOT man

    [Username link removed – P.]

    Posted by Joseph H. Plasan | November 2, 2011, 07:41
  21. Well I’m frustrated. While i was looking for a clue to add homepage link, you recommended this to me and it do not contain anything to relief me. My thumb down.

    Posted by itspak1 | December 9, 2011, 07:46
  22. Learn to read more carefully please.

    My original reply here:

    First, I did not recommend this post as the solution to your problem, I only gave it as a reference for the phrase “some themes display a Home tab in their default top menu and some don’t”.

    Second, after that I gave you the tip on the Home tab only, not complete instructions on how to add a custom top menu, because both timethief’s previous reply as well as this post include a link to the Support doc on custom menus.

    Posted by Panos | December 9, 2011, 09:11
  23. I’m sorry. It was my fault. I’ll try this not to be happened next time.

    Posted by itspak1 | December 10, 2011, 06:55
  24. Apology accepted, but please stop insisting in the forum when you simply didn’t pay close attention to what we were saying. Now let’s be friends and move on please: have a nice weekend!

    Posted by Panos | December 10, 2011, 08:08
  25. Yup same to you. That’s good.

    Posted by itspak1 | December 10, 2011, 08:52
  26. For a Home tab in particular, there’s a better alternative – (free of the problems explained below): add a new page, title it Home, save draft, change slug to index-php, click ok, publish. (Thanks to Elizabeth for sharing.)

    Though the Home tab will not change color to active when you on the home page. Small consultation. Otherwise

    chopped from the forum.

    Posted by Fred Mertz | February 13, 2012, 00:49
  27. If you’re talking about blogs, see Note 2 at the bottom of the post. If you’re talking about blogs, see point 1 here:

    Posted by Panos | February 13, 2012, 01:51


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