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 …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your BlogAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your newest published entries on the main page, unless you fix a page as a main page.

How To Specify The Number Of Entries Displayed On Your Blog Page: Tutorial

In a previous article, we’ve also shown you how to create a blog page to show your latest published content.

Regardless of your choice to have your blog posts on your home page or your blog page, you can specify the number of items to appear on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’7’, ’15’ etc.)

Your WordPress website will then display your most recently published content on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have specified, even if your website or blog contains more posts than the number of items set to display …

Tutorial - Specifying The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page

Having the ability to specify how many posts display on your blog page has a number of practical uses.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest post item you have published. This is useful for example, if you are promoting a different expiring offer each week, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a monthly community page for announcements, etc.

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

Tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Published Blog Post Items To Display On Your Blog

Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to specify the number of posts that you want to display on main blog page.

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to change the number of blog post entries to show on your WordPress blog.

Changing The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page

WordPress lets you specify how many published blog posts you would like to show on your site’s blog page.

Tip

The number of entries you would like displayed is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …

Setting The Number Of Published Posts Displayed On Your WP Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of posts displayed.

To set how many blog posts you would like to display on your website’s blog page site, go to the WP dashboard menu and choose Settings > Reading

How To Set How Many Post Entries Show On Your WordPress Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Configure the settings in the Reading Settings section as per the screenshot below:

Editing The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Home Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page displays your most recent post entries, then set your options as described 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 items that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when finished…

Changing The Number Of Published Blog Posts Showing On Your WordPress Blog - Tutorial

Editing The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the front page displays a fixed page and your newest posts display on a separate blog page, then set your options as described 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 post items you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when finished …

Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your WP Blog

Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see blog post entries showing either on your home page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …

Changing The Number Of Published Posts To Display On Your WP Blog: Tutorial

Useful Tip

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 blog post entries you want to have showing on the blog page of your WP website.

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