As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest posts on the front page, unless you set a specific page as your home page.
In a previous post, we have also explained how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest published entries.
Whether you choose to make posts on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of blog posts to appear on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’7’, ’12’ etc.)
Your site will then display your latest blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog post entries you have set, even if your WP site contains more posts than the number of items set to display …
Being able to specify how many posts display on your WordPress site can be very useful.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest blog post that you have published. This is useful, if, for example, you are promoting a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly community page for announcements, etc.
You can also use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog page if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to specify the number of blog posts to show on main blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how to easily set how many blog post entries to show up on your site’s blog page.
How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog Page
WordPress lets you specify how many blog post entries you would like to display on the blog page of your website.
How many posts you want to display is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …
Note: Pick 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 items displayed.
To set how many blog posts you would like to show on your website’s blog page website, click on Settings > Reading from your WordPress admin menu …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:
Modifying The Number Of Posts Showing On The Front Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the home page shows your latest blog posts, 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 posts that you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when finished to update your settings…
Changing The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page
If you are using your WordPress 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 items that you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done to update your settings …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see recently published 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 amount of blog post entries you want to have displaying on your WP website’s blog page.
If you are learning how to use WordPress, you may also find the following topic-related posts useful:
- How To Make Any WordPress Page You Choose Be Your Site’s Home Page
- How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress
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