Using a custom post type post as the home page

written by: Jeff McNear

Gutenberg is a terrific innovation and we should all embrace it, but there is still room for custom configured pages that consists of custom fields (I use ACF myself) and custom meta-boxes. Before gutenberg the ACF controls allowed for the hiding of the editor on a default post type… but Gutenberg cannot be so easily silenced.

You can still create a custom post type that doesn’t include the editor (gutenberg or not) by not including the editor in the capabilities line:

 'supports'              => array( 'title', 'trackbacks', 'revisions', 'page-attributes' ),

However the WordPress settings only allow for the assignment of a ‘page’ as an alternate main landing page for the site.

Thanks to this post: for providing the appropriate addition to a functions file …

// ads landing page type to dropdown
function add_pages_to_dropdown( $pages, $r ){
    if ( ! isset( $r[ 'name' ] ) )
        return $pages;

    if ( 'page_on_front' == $r[ 'name' ] ) {
        $args = array(
            'post_type' => 'landing_type'

        $landing = get_posts( $args );
        $pages = array_merge( $pages, $landing );

    return $pages;
add_filter( 'get_pages', 'add_pages_to_dropdown', 10, 2 );

This code block will add any post of the “landing_type” to the “pages” already shown under the dropdown for “static page” selection found at:

=> settings

=> reading

BUT… the URL won’t resolve properly to the base URL so this may not be the solution I thought it was…