WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Cannot Set Homepage in Customizer

This document discusses the issue of not being able to set a homepage in the Customizer and how to fix it.


Periodically, users will attempt to set a homepage in the Customizer and the option to change the Homepage Settings will not exist.

Normal View:

View without Homepage Settings Option:

Normal view of Customizer settings
Limited options shown in the Customizer menu

The reason for this is because the Homepage Settings option will only show up when at least one page has been published. If pages have only been saved to Draft or no pages have been created yet, this option will not appear.


To get the Homepage Settings option to appear in the Customizer, create and/or publish the page that you wish to set as your homepage. Then, this option should appear for you. 


  • When you are building out your site and it is still publishing to the .wiscweb.wisc.edu domain, it is not being indexed by search engines. Therefore, it is not necessary to publish to Draft unless you are worried the content might be found by others. Please remember: if a page only exists in Draft status, it cannot be set as the homepage and cannot be added to any menus. 

Keywords:homepage, customizer, settings, page, not working   Doc ID:98108
Owner:Jenna K.Group:WiscWeb CMS
Created:2020-02-19 14:59 CDTUpdated:2020-02-19 16:46 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, WiscWeb CMS
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