How to Create a Welcome Page (Splash Page) for WordPress

We are not talking about a pop-up or setting a page as the homepage of your WordPress site here. A real solid page that is shown to visitors when they enter your site from another site, or search engine (which again is another site) or by directly typing in your address.

Have you ever seen this sign “If you are below 18 leave now, else Enter here” (yeah, the smile on your face explains it)? You see that sign when you enter first and that’s that. Lets make one such page.

Making a “Enter Site” Page

Welcome Page for WordPress

Depending on your theme, your theme folder will have home.php or index.php or sometimes both in your theme folder. If you have home.php open it up, else go for index.php. Refer the template hierarchy if that interests you. I am assuming my theme has index.php only.

Add the following code snippet at the start of  index.php. Start as in, the very first line, before everything and everything. On line 1:

<?php if( (strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'], get_bloginfo('home')) === false) && !$_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']) : ?>
<?php include ('http://yourdomain.com/wp-content/themes/yourtheme/page-splash.php'); ?>
<?php else : ?>

Now you opened close the if else by adding the following to the end of index.php. End as in the last line:

<?php endif; ?>

That makes index.php in between those two codes.

What this does is, if the user is entering from anything but your own site, it will show: http://yourdomain.com/wp-content/themes/yourtheme/page-splash.php

Go ahead and make a copy of page.php in your theme folder and name it page-splash.php . If hope you have figured that you have to replace http://yourdomain.com/wp-content/themes/yourtheme/page-splash.php in the above snippet with the direct link to your page-splash.php .

You will have to hard-code your page-splash.php. The best way to do this is to look at the source code of a page on your site and imitate them into your page-splash.php. Well, I am thinking, if you just copy paste the code, that should also work.

Here is a little page-splash.php that I made for Twenty Ten default WordPress theme:

<?php
/**
* The Splash Page
*/

get_header(); ?>

<div id="container">
<div id="content" role="main" style="width: 900px;">

<div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>>

<h2 class="entry-title">Welcome to my awesome site!</h2>

<div class="entry-content">
<p>Welcome to my site. You can read my instructions here and then enter the site <a href="<?php echo home_url( '/' ); ?>">here</a></p>
</div>
</div><!-- #post-## -->

</div><!-- #content -->
</div><!-- #container -->
<?php get_footer(); ?>

To test the welcome page, open up a new tab and enter your site into the browser. Lo!

Hope you have fun creating the Welcome Page. Do let me know what you think.

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5 Comments

  1. Ken
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 09:48 | Permalink

    Thank you very much for this code….this was exactly what I was looking for. The only thing that didn’t work for me…was to put my direct URL in the code like you suggested. Instead, I had to replace it with the following to make it work.

    You’ll notice that I had to add (TEMPLATE.”/splash-page.php”);?> below….notice that I had to add the double quotes too.

  2. Nitin
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 16:04 | Permalink

    Working very fine….

    Thanks For this code

  3. Posted February 8, 2013 at 18:08 | Permalink

    Hi, I’m just wondering if there is a way to hide your menu on this splash page? So they just click enter here as such…..

  4. Wojtek
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 14:16 | Permalink

    It’s not working on twenty eleven theme :(

    But I don’t do page-splash from page.php a do my own enter site witm my css file.

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