As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent posts on the front page, unless you fix a page as the main page.
In another article, we also address how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest published posts.
Whether you choose to make present posts on your main page or your blog page, you can specify the number of posts to display on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’4’, ‘9’ etc.)
Your WP site will then display your most recently published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have set, even if your website contains more posts than the number set to display …
Being able to specify how many entries will display on your WordPress site is useful.
For example, you can display only the latest single post you have published. This can be handy, if, for example, you want to promote a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a monthly social page for updates and announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this great feature to fill an ugly space on your blog page if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to specify the number of posts that will display on main blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how to easily set how many posts you want to show on your blog.
How To Change The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your WordPress Blog
WordPress lets you choose how many published posts you would like to have showing on the blog page.
How many posts you want to display is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …
Note: We suggest selecting 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 items displayed on your blog page.
To specify the number of posts you would like to display on your blog page website, go to the WordPress dashboard menu and click on Settings > Reading …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings panel as shown below:
Changing The Number Of Posts On Your Main Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the main page shows your most recent 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 entries you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings…
How To Modify The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page
If you are using your WP site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your latest published blog posts show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 that you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings …
Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see your most recently published content showing either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings 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 number of published posts you want to display on the blog page of your WordPress website.
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