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 How Many Blog Post Items Display On Your Blog Page - TutorialAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your newest posts on the front page, unless you fix a page as a front page.

How To Set The Number Of Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog Page - Tutorial

In another post, we also discussed how to create a blog page to show your most recent post.

Whether you choose to make present blog posts on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you set a specific number of items to show up on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ’7’, ’15’ etc.)

Your WordPress site will then display your most recently published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have set, even if your site contains more blog posts than the number set to display …

Setting How Many Blog Post Items Show On Your WordPress Blog - Tutorial

The ability to set how many entries will display on your web site can be very useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent post item that you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a quarterly community page for announcements, etc.

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

Tutorial: How To Set How Many Published Blog Posts Display On Your Blog Page

Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to change the number of posts that will display on your blog page.

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to specify the number of blog post entries you want to show on your WordPress blog.

How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog

WordPress allows you to specify how many published blog posts you would like listed on the blog page of your site.

Useful Tip

The number of blog posts you want displayed is completely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

Setting How Many Published Blog Items Display On Your WordPress Blog Page - Tutorial

Note: Select 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 posts you would like to have showing on the blog page web site, go to the WordPress admin menu and choose Settings > Reading

Tutorial - Specifying The Number Of Published Blog Items Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page

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

How To Change The Number Of Posts On Your Home Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the home page shows your newest blog posts, then edit your settings 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 entries you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done…

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Set How Many Published Posts Display On Your Blog Page

Editing The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the home page displays a fixed page and your latest blog posts show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as described 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 posts that you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings …

Setting The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog: Tutorial

Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see posts displayed either on your front page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …

Tutorial - Specifying The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page

Useful Tip

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 published posts you want listed on your website’s blog page.

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