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Creating a Virtual Home Page.

  1. First create a Stand alone Page. This stand alone page is going to be your virtual home page. So, see to that its contents are related to the home page you dreamed.
  2. Now redirect your home page to the static page using Search Preferences.
  3. You are half done. Now whenever you type your blog URL, it will automatically redirect to the virtual, stand alone home page.
  4. Still you should alter the pages gadget to categorize the posts.
  5. When you remove the redirect that you made in step #2 your blog comes back to normal position and you can hide the virtual home page by removing codes that you added in step #4

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