As we’ve discussed in other posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest blog posts on the front page, unless you specify a page as a main page.
In a previous article, we’ve also addressed how to create a WordPress blog page to display your latest published content.
Whether you choose to have blog posts on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you specify the number of blog posts to show up on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ’5’, ’10’ etc.)
Your WP website will then display your most recent published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have set, even if your WP website contains more blog posts than the number of posts you have set to display …
The ability to set the number of posts display on your WordPress site has a number of uses.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent blog post item you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you are promoting a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a weekly corporate page for announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this great feature to fill an ugly space on your blog page if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to specify the number of posts that will show on main blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to specify the number of blog posts will show on your site’s blog page.
Changing The Number Of Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog Page
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many published blog post entries you want listed on the blog page.
How many posts you would like to display is completely 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 increase or decrease the number of items displayed on your blog page.
To specify the number of posts you would like to show on your site’s blog page site, go to your WP admin menu and select Settings > Reading …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings section as shown below:
Changing The Number Of Posts On The Home Page
If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page displays your latest blog posts, then set your options 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 posts you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings…
How To Specify The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your most recent post entries 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 displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see your blog posts showing 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 set the number of blog posts you would like listed on the blog page.
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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now