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 …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Change How Many Published Posts Show Up On Your BlogAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest posts on the home page, unless you set a specific page as your main page.

Changing How Many Published Blog Posts Display On Your WP Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

In a separate tutorial, we have also addressed how to create a blog page to show your most recent published entries.

Regardless of your choice to make your blog posts on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you set a specific number of blog post entries to display on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘9’ etc.)

Your WordPress website will then display your most recent published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have specified, even if your WP website contains more blog posts than the number of items you have set to display …

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

Having the ability to specify how many posts will display on your blog page can be useful.

For example, you can display only the latest post item you have published. This is 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 an upcoming event, set up a monthly social page for updates and announcements, etc.

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

Changing The Number Of Published Blog Post Items To Display On Your Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to set the number of posts that you want to show on main blog page.

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to set how many blog posts will show on your WordPress blog.

Setting The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your Blog Page

WordPress lets you choose how many posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your website.

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How many blog posts you would like displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

Tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page

Note: Pick a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of items displayed on your blog page.

To specify the number of published posts you want to show on the blog page of your WordPress website, go to the WP dashboard menu and click on Settings > Reading

How To Set The Number Of Post Entries To Display On Your WP Blog Page - Tutorial

Configure the settings in the Reading Settings screen as per the screenshot below:

Changing The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Main Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the main page shows your latest published items, then set your options 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 posts that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished…

Tutorial - How To Change How Many Published Blog Items Show Up On Your Blog Page

Modifying The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your latest published blog items show up 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 display – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings …

How To Change How Many Published Blog Posts Show On Your Blog: Tutorial

Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see your most recently published articles showing either on your main page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …

Changing How Many Posts Show On Your Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

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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 posts you would like to have displaying on your website’s blog page.

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