As we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest post entries on the home page, unless you set a specific page as a main page.
In another tutorial, we have also explained how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published entries.
Regardless of your choice to have display your most recently published posts on your main page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of published post entries to appear on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ‘3’, ’10’ etc.)
Your WP site will then display blog post entries on your blog page up to the maximum number of items you have set, even if your website contains more blog posts than the number of posts set to display …
The ability to specify how many entries can display on your WordPress site has a number of uses.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest post you have published. This is useful, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a different time-sensitive offer each month, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly social page for updates and announcements, etc.
You can also use this great feature to fill an ugly space on your blog page if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to specify the number of posts that you want to show on your blog page.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to change how many blog post entries you want to show on your site’s blog page.
Specifying The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog Page
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many published posts you want to display on the blog page of your site.
How many posts you want displayed 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 increase or decrease the number of posts displayed.
To specify the number of published blog posts you want to show on your site’s blog page web site, choose Settings > Reading from the WordPress admin menu …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings page as shown below:
Editing The Number Of Posts Showing On The Home Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page shows your newest published post entries, then edit your settings 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 items you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings…
How To Specify The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your newest 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 posts you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings …
Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog posts displayed either on your main 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 posts you want displayed on the blog page of your web site.
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