I am trying to set WordPress so that home page is static, and the blog page is a separate page. So, I created two page templates in my theme., lets call them home_template and blog_template.
Then, I created two WordPress pages (from Pages -> Add New). The first page is called Home, and is using home_template; and the second is called Blog and is using blog_template.
Then I went to the Settings -> Reading setting, and chose Front Page Displays A Static Page. And in the two drop downs that follow, I chose Home for Front Page, and selected Blog for Posts Page.
Then I went to Appearance -> Menu, and added the Blog page as a menu item.
Now, when I go to view my site, the home page is nice and dandy. However, when I click on the menu item for the blog page, I see that the blog page is using index.php to display its content, it is not using the page blog_template to display the content.
How can I make sure that the blog_template page is used? Please help and thanks.