As we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent published content on the front page, unless you set a specific page as a static home page.
In a separate post, we’ve also covered how to create a WordPress blog page to display your latest published content.
Whether you choose to have blog posts on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you specify the number of published posts to display on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’6’, ’15’ etc.)
Your WP website will then display posts 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 set to display …
Having the ability to specify how many blog post items will display on your blog page is useful.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest single post item you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you promote a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a weekly social page for announcements, etc.
You can also use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog page if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to specify the number of blog posts that you want to display on your blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to specify how many blog posts will display on your blog page.
How To Specify The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to choose how many posts you would like listed on your website’s blog page.
How many entries you would like to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …
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 number of posts displayed on your blog page.
To specify the number of published blog posts you would like to show on the blog page of your site, select Settings > Reading from the WP navigation menu …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:
How To Edit The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Home Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the front page displays your newest posts, then set your options as shown 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 entries that you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished…
Modifying 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 most recent posts display 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 blog post entries you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see your most recent published articles showing either on your main page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …
To learn how to change the length of your post excerpts, see the tutorial below:
Congratulations! Now you know how to change the amount of published blog post entries you would like to show on the blog page of your web site.
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