As we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest posts on the home page, unless you specify a page as a home page.
In a separate post, we have also explained how to create a WordPress blog page to show your most recent blog post entries.
Whether you choose to have your blog posts on your main page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of blog posts to show on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ‘3’, ’12’ etc.)
Your website will then display your blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have set, even if your website contains more blog posts than the number you have set to display …
Having the ability to set how many blog post items display on your WordPress site can be useful.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest single blog post item you have published. This is useful for example, if 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 upcoming events, set up a weekly community page for updates and announcements, etc.
You can also use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to change the number of posts that will display on main blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to change how many blog posts will show on your site’s blog page.
How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog
WordPress allows you to choose how many blog posts you want to show on the blog page.
The number of posts you want displayed is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …
Note: Pick a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the number of posts displayed.
To set how many posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your WordPress site, go to your WordPress admin menu and click on Settings > Reading …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings panel as per the screenshot below:
Changing The Number Of Posts On The Main Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the home page shows your newest blog 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 items you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done…
How To Specify The Number Of Posts On Your Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the main page displays a fixed page and your most recent posts 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 blog post items you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when finished …
Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see blog post entries displayed either on your front 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 number of published blog posts you would like to have showing on the blog page of your site.
If you are learning how to use WordPress, you may also find the following posts useful:
- How To Show Any WordPress Page As Your Home Page
- How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts
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