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 …

How To Change The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page: Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent blog posts on the front page, unless you set a specific page as the home page.

Tutorial: How To Change The Number Of Published Blog Items Showing On Your Blog Page

In a previous post, we also address how to create a blog page to display your most recent blog posts.

Regardless of your choice to have display blog post entries on your front page or your blog page, WordPress lets you specify the number of blog post entries to show on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’6’, ’10’ etc.)

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Specify How Many Published Blog Post Entries Display On Your Blog

Being able to specify the number of blog posts can display on your blog page can be very useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest single post you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you want to promote a different limited-time offer each week, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly office page for announcements, etc.

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

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

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

Let’s show you, then, how to easily specify the number of blog posts will show on your site’s blog page.

Changing The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your Blog

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to choose how many published blog post entries you would like to have showing on your blog page.

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How many posts you want displayed is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …

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

Note: Pick a sensible setting that won’t slow down 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 blog post entries you want to display on the blog page of your WP website, go to the WordPress navigation menu and click on Settings > Reading

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Specify The Number Of Post Entries To Display On Your Blog

Configure your options in the Reading Settings panel as shown in the screenshot below:

Specifying The Number Of Posts Showing On The Front Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page shows 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 post entries you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Specify How Many Published Blog Post Items Show Up On Your Blog Page

To Specify The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the front page shows a fixed page and your latest blog posts show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings as shown 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 blog post items that you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done …

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

Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see blog posts displayed either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Changing The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

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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 published posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your web site.

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