I have experienced this problem sporadically on multiple WordPress installs over different version (though all on my own server).
Under Settings-Reading-Front Page Displays…
You can choose ‘A static page’ but when you go to choose a post page, the only pages that show up are actual Pages, and none of the posts. I mean, only Pages show up in list of available posts, too. This is maddening, as I really want to have a post page as my static home page and don’t want to use an actual WP ‘Page’ for my home page.
This does not seem to be a theme problem because it happens even on brand new installs using the default themes.
By going into the database, I set the value for “page_on_front” to the id of a post and accomplished what I was wanting to do. If that isn’t what the “display on front page” “static page” “post page” option in the control panel isn’t meant to do I don’t know what the point of it is… seems to be the same option value in the database.
I wanted to use a post for SEO/Permalink purposes.
It probably wasn’t the end of the world to use a page and even then could have fiddled until I got what I wanted, hacking the htaccess file or tweaking the permalink format for pages. It just seemed to me that I used to be able to use a post if I wanted to and it looked to me (and looks still) like that this option should have done it for me, too.
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