As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent post entries on the front page, unless you specify a page as your home page.
In a previous tutorial, we have also addressed how to create a WordPress blog page to show your most recent published content.
Regardless of your choice to have your most recently published blog post entries appear on your main page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of items to appear on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’4’, ’15’ etc.)
Your WordPress site will then display your most recent published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have specified, even if your website contains more posts than the number of items set to display …
Being able to specify how many blog post items display on your site has a number of practical uses.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent post you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you promote 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 quarterly office page for announcements, etc.
You can also use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog page if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of blog posts that you want to display on main blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to change the number of posts will display on your blog page.
How To Change The Number Of Post Entries To Display On Your Blog Page
WordPress allows you to choose how many blog post entries you want to show on your blog page.
How many blog posts you want to display is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …
Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of items displayed.
To specify the number of published blog posts you would like displayed on your site’s blog page web site, select Settings > Reading from your WP admin menu …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings screen as shown below:
Specifying The Number Of Posts On Your Home Page
If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the home page shows your newest posts, then set your options 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 items you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings…
Modifying The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the front page shows a fixed page and your newest posts display 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 posts that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done …
Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see posts showing 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 change the amount of blog posts you would like listed on the blog page of your WordPress website.
If you are a WordPress newbie, you may also find the following related posts useful:
- How To Set A Page You Choose As The Home Page Of Your WP Site
- How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your WordPress Posts
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