As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your newest post entries on the front page, unless you specify a page as a main page.
In another tutorial, we also cover how to create a blog page to display your latest blog posts.
Whether you choose to make blog posts on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of published blog post entries to show on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’7’, ’15’ etc.)
Your site will then display posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have set, even if your site contains more posts than the number set to display …
Having the ability to set how many blog post items will display on your WordPress site can be very useful.
For example, you can display only the latest single post you have published. This is useful for example, if you promote a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a quarterly office page for 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 may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to change the number of posts to display on your blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to change how many blog posts to display on your blog.
How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog
WordPress allows you to choose how many published posts you want displayed on the blog page of your site.
The number of entries you would like 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 raise or lower the amount of posts displayed.
To set the number of blog post entries you would like to have showing on your site’s blog page site, go to the WordPress navigation menu and select Settings > Reading …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings section as per the screenshot below:
Modifying The Number Of Posts Showing On The Home Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page shows your most recent published items, then set your options 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 posts that you want showing – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done…
To Modify The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your most recent 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 you want showing – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when finished …
Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog posts displayed either on your home 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 set the amount of blog post entries you would like to have displaying on your WordPress website’s blog page.
If you are learning how to use WordPress, you may also find the following posts useful:
- How To Make A WordPress Page Your Main Page
- How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Post Entries
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