Is this simply unchecking “redirect users to top page”?
admin > settings type in the search box
top menu and drag into the first position
New or absent for a long time users will be redirect to the top page. If you want you can uncheck the setting.
The redirect to Top page setting is for members that have been absent from the site for a while.
That is, regardless of what the “home” page is, they will go to the Top page.
The rationale is that they will be more interested / better served, by seeing what’s “hot” since they last visited.
The settings you are interested in are at
Admin -> Settings -> Basic Setup
The first is "top menu"
Whatever you have as first will be the default “home” page
The other is “desktop category page style” if you care about that.
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