As we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest posts on the home page, unless you specify a page as a static front page.
In a previous tutorial, we have also covered how to create a WordPress blog page to display your latest post.
Whether you choose to make your most recent published articles on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of blog posts to show on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’7’, ’12’ etc.)
Your site will then display your most recently published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog post entries you have set, even if your site contains more blog posts than the number of posts set to display …
Being able to set the number of posts can display on your web site has a number of practical applications.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest single entry that you have published. This is useful for example, if you want to promote a different time-sensitive offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly social page for updates and announcements, etc.
You can also use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of posts that will display on your blog page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to specify the number of blog post entries to display on your blog.
Changing The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your Blog
WordPress allows you to specify how many blog post entries you want displayed on your blog page.
The number of posts you want to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …
Note: Pick 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 posts displayed on your blog page.
To set how many blog posts you would like displayed on your blog page website, choose Settings > Reading from the WP dashboard menu …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings section as per the screenshot below:
How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Home Page
If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page displays your newest post entries, 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 blog posts that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when done…
To Edit The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page
If you are using your WP site as a website, where the front page is a fixed page and your most recent blog posts display on a separate blog page, then set your options 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 post entries you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see your latest blog 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 number of posts you want displayed on the blog page.
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