As we’ve discussed in other posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest published entries on the front page, unless you specify a page as a static home page.
In another post, we have also explained how to create a blog page to display your most recent post.
Regardless of your choice to make present posts on your main page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of blog post entries to appear on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ‘3’, ‘9’ etc.)
Your WP website will then display blog post entries on your blog page up to the maximum number of items you have specified, even if your WordPress website contains more blog posts than the number of items you have set to display …
Being able to specify how many blog post items can display on your blog page can be very useful.
For example, you can display only the latest blog post item that you have published. This is handy for example, if you want to send your readers to a different expiring offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a weekly corporate page for updates and announcements, etc.
You can also use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of blog posts to show on your blog page.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to set the number of blog posts will show on your blog page.
How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many blog posts you want to have showing on your blog page.
The number of posts you would like to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …
Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the amount of posts displayed on your blog page.
To set the number of blog post entries you would like displayed on your blog page site, go to the WP navigation menu and select Settings > Reading …
Configure your settings in the Reading Settings page as shown below:
Editing The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Home Page
If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your newest post entries, then edit your settings as described below:
- Front page displays: Set this to Your latest posts
- Blog pages show at most: X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of blog post items you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when done…
To Specify The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the home page displays a fixed page and your latest post entries show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown below:
- Front page displays: Set this to A static page, then select Posts page: > your Blog Page from the drop down menu
- Blog pages show at most: X posts X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of post entries that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings …
Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see blog posts showing either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …
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 post entries you would like to have showing on your WP site’s blog page.
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