As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest published posts on the front page, unless you set a specific page as a main page.
In a previous article, we have also shown you how to create a blog page to display your latest blog posts.
Regardless of your choice to have display your newest blog posts on your front page or your blog page, you can specify the number of blog post entries to show on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’4’, ’10’ etc.)
Your website will then display recently published content on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have set, even if your WordPress site contains more posts than the number of posts you have set to display …
Being able to set how many blog post items display on your web site has a number of practical applications.
For example, you can display only the latest post item that you have published. This can be handy for example, if you want to promote a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly community page for announcements, etc.
You can also use this great feature to fill an ugly space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to change the number of posts that you want to display 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 display on your site’s blog page.
How To Specify The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page
WordPress lets you specify how many blog post entries you want to have showing on the blog page of your site.
How many entries you would like displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …
Note: Select 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.
To set how many published blog post entries you would like to have displaying on the blog page web site, choose Settings > Reading from your WordPress dashboard menu …
Configure your settings in the Reading Settings section as per the screenshot below:
Changing The Number Of Posts On The Front Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page displays your newest published 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 entries you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when done…
To Edit The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your latest 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 post items you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when finished …
Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see recently published articles displayed either on your front 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 set the number of published posts you want to have displaying on the blog page of your WordPress web site.
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