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 …

Tutorial - Setting The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog PageAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest published posts on the front page, unless you fix a page as the front page.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Published Blog Post Items Showing On Your Blog

In another article, we also discussed how to create a blog page to show your latest published content.

Regardless of your choice to make your most recently published post entries appear on your home page or your blog page, you can specify the number of blog post entries to display on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’12’ etc.)

Your website will then display blog post entries on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have set, even if your web site contains more posts than the number of posts set to display …

Changing The Number Of Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

The ability to specify the number of post items can display on your WordPress site has a number of practical applications.

For example, you can display only the latest post you have published. This is useful for example, if you want to promote a different time-sensitive offer each month, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a monthly team page for updates and announcements, etc.

Or, you can use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog page if your sidebar menu is too long …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Post Entries To Display On Your Blog

Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to change the number of blog posts to show on your blog page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to set the number of blog post entries to show on your blog.

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

WordPress allows you to choose how many published blog posts you want to display on your blog page.

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How many entries you want displayed is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Specify How Many Post Entries Show Up On Your WordPress Blog

Note: We recommend selecting a sensible setting that won’t overload 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 set the number of blog post entries you would like to have displaying on your site’s blog page site, choose Settings > Reading from your WP dashboard menu …

Tutorial - How To Specify How Many Published Blog Post Entries Display On Your Blog Page

Configure your options in the Reading Settings panel as per the screenshot below:

Specifying The Number Of Posts 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 published blog entries, then edit your settings as shown 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 post items that you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when finished…

Tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog

To Specify The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the main page displays a fixed page and your most recent posts display 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 blog post entries you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done …

How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts Showing On Your WordPress Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Tutorial: Setting The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog

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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 change the amount of posts you want to have showing on your WordPress website’s blog page.

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