As we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your newest post entries on the front page, unless you set a specific page as a main page.
In another post, we’ve also shown you how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published posts.
Regardless of your choice to have your blog posts on your front page or your blog page, you can specify the number of published blog post entries to show on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ‘3’, ’15’ etc.)
Your WordPress website will then display your most recent published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have specified, even if your WordPress website or blog contains more blog posts than the number of posts you have set to display …
Being able to set the number of blog posts display on your blog page is useful.
For example, you can display only the most recent blog post item that you have published. This can be useful for example, if you promote a different limited-time offer each week, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a weekly office page for updates and announcements, etc.
You can also use this great 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 specify the number of blog posts to display on main blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to specify the number of posts you want to display on your blog page.
Setting The Number Of Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you choose how many posts you want to show on your site’s blog page.
How many blog posts you would like displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …
Note: We recommend that you select a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of posts displayed on your blog page.
To specify the number of published posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your WP site, choose Settings > Reading from your WordPress admin menu …
Configure the options in the Reading Settings screen as per the screenshot below:
How To Edit The Number Of Posts On The Main Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main 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 post entries that you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done…
To Specify The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the home page displays a fixed page and your newest published posts show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown 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 on Save Changes when finished …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see blog posts displayed either on your home 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 amount of posts you want listed on the blog page.
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