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 …

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Specifying How Many Published Blog Items Show On Your WP Blog - Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your newest posts on the main page, unless you set a fixed page as a static main page.

Changing How Many Blog Post Entries Show On Your WordPress Blog - Tutorial

In a separate tutorial, we also cover how to create a blog page to display your latest published entries.

Regardless of your choice to make blog posts on your home page or your blog page, you can specify the number of blog posts to display on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ’5’, ’12’ etc.)

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

Changing The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Being able to specify the number of posts display on your web site can be useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest single entry that you have published. This is handy for example, if you want to send your readers to 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 weekly social page for announcements, etc.

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

Tutorial: Setting How Many Published Blog Post Items Display On Your WP Blog

Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of posts that you want to show on your blog page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to change how many blog post entries will show up on your WordPress blog.

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

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to choose how many published posts you would like listed on the blog page of your web site.

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

How To Specify The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Note: We suggest that you select a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the amount of posts displayed.

To specify the number of published posts you want to have showing on the blog page of your WordPress web site, click on Settings > Reading from your WP admin menu …

Tutorial: Specifying The Number Of Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog

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

Specifying The Number Of Posts Showing On The Main Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page shows your newest blog posts, then set your options 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 post entries that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done…

Changing The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your WP Blog Page: Tutorial

Modifying The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the main page shows a fixed page and your newest post entries show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown 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 items you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished …

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

Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see recently published content showing either on your front page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

How To Set How Many Posts Show On Your WP Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Useful Tip

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 would like to show on your website’s blog page.

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