How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts To Display In WordPress

Learn how to set the number of published blog posts to display on your WordPress blog page …

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Tutorial: How To Specify How Many Published Blog Post Items Show On Your WordPress Blog PageAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your newest published content on the home page, unless you specify a page as your main page.

Setting How Many Entries Display On Your WP Blog Page: Tutorial

In a previous article, we have also shown you how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published articles.

Regardless of your choice to make present posts on your front page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of posts to show on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’4’, ’10’ etc.)

Your WP site will then display your latest blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have specified, even if your WordPress website or blog contains more posts than the number of posts you have set to display …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Specify The Number Of Blog Post Entries Showing On Your WordPress Blog

The ability to specify how many blog post items display on your site is useful.

For example, you can display only the most recent post you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you want to promote a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a quarterly team page for updates and announcements, etc.

You can also use this feature to fill an ugly space on your blog if your sidebar menu is too long …

Changing How Many Blog Post Entries Show On Your Blog - Tutorial

Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of posts to display on main blog page.

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to specify how many posts you want to show on your blog page.

How To Change The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog

WordPress allows you to specify how many published blog post entries you would like displayed on your website’s blog page.

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The number of entries you would like to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …

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Note: Pick a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of items displayed.

To set how many posts you want to have displaying on your site’s blog page website, go to the WordPress admin menu and select Settings > Reading

How To Set How Many Published Posts Show Up On Your Blog Page: Tutorial

Configure your settings in the Reading Settings section as shown in the screenshot below:

Specifying The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Home Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page displays your newest posts, then edit your settings as described below:

  1. Front page displays: Set this to Your latest posts
  2. Blog pages show at most: X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of blog post items you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Specifying How Many Published Blog Post Items Display On Your Blog

Specifying The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the home page shows a fixed page and your newest blog posts display on a separate blog page, then edit your settings as described below:

  1. Front page displays: Set this to A static page, then select Posts page: > your Blog Page from the drop down menu
  2. Blog pages show at most: X posts X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of post items that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Published Blog Items To Display On Your Blog

Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see your newest blog posts displayed either on your main page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Published Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog Page

Useful Tip

To learn how to change the length of your post excerpts, see the tutorial below:

Congratulations! Now you know how to set the number of blog posts you want displayed on your WP site’s blog page.

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