As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest blog posts on the front page, unless you fix a page as a static main page.
In a previous article, we also cover how to create a WordPress blog page to display your latest published posts.
Whether you choose to have display posts on your main page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of blog post entries to show on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’6’, ’10’ etc.)
Your WordPress website will then display blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have specified, even if your WordPress site contains more posts than the number of items set to display …
Having the ability to set the number of blog posts can display on your blog page has a number of practical applications.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent blog post item you have published. This can be useful for example, if you want to send your readers to a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a monthly team page for announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to set the number of posts that will display on main blog page.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to change how many blog posts will display on your WordPress blog.
Changing The Number Of Posts To Display On Your Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you choose how many published posts you would like to display on your site’s blog page.
How many blog posts you would like displayed is completely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …
Note: We recommend choosing a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of posts displayed on your blog page.
To specify the number of blog posts you want to display on your website’s blog page site, go to your WP admin menu and select Settings > Reading …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:
How To Change The Number Of Posts Showing On The Home Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page displays your latest posts, then edit your settings 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 post items you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when done…
To Modify The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the home page shows a fixed page and your latest blog posts show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings as described 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 entries that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when done …
Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see posts showing either on your main 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 amount of blog post entries you would like to show on your site’s blog page.
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