As we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest published content on the home page, unless you set a specific page as a static front page.
In a separate tutorial, we’ve also addressed how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest published content.
Whether you choose to make posts on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of posts to appear on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ’4’, ’12’ etc.)
Your site will then display blog post entries 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 posts set to display …
The ability to specify the number of blog posts can display on your WordPress site can be very useful.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest post item you have published. This can be handy for example, if you are promoting a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly team page for announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this feature to fill an ugly space on your blog if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you 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 easy it is to set how many blog post entries you want to display on your site’s blog page.
Specifying The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog Page
WordPress lets you choose how many published posts you would like to display on the blog page of your web site.
How many blog posts you would like to display is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …
Note: Choose 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 posts displayed.
To set how many published blog posts you want displayed on the blog page of your WP web site, go to your WP dashboard menu and choose Settings > Reading …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:
How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Main Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your latest posts, 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 that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished…
Modifying The Number Of Posts On Your Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the home page displays a fixed page and your latest post entries show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 post items that you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when done …
Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog posts displayed either on your home 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 set the amount of blog post entries you would like to display on your website’s blog page.
If you are learning how to use WordPress, you may also find the following posts useful:
- How To Make Any Page Of Your Choice Be The Site’s Home Page In WordPress
- How To Create A Blog In Your WP Site
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