As we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent blog posts on the main page, unless you set a specific page as a front page.
In a separate article, we have also covered how to create a WordPress blog page to display your latest published articles.
Regardless of your choice to have posts on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of blog posts to display on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’7’, ‘9’ etc.)
Your website will then display blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have specified, even if your website contains more posts than the number set to display …
The ability to set the number of blog posts will display on your blog page is useful.
For example, you can display only the latest single post you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you promote a different time-sensitive offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a monthly office page for updates and announcements, etc.
You can also use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to set the number of blog posts that you want to display on main blog page.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to specify the number of posts to show on your blog page.
Setting The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many published posts you want displayed on your blog page.
How many entries you want to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …
Note: Choose a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always increase or decrease the number of posts displayed on your blog page.
To specify how many blog post entries you want to have showing on the blog page of your WP web site, go to the WordPress navigation menu and choose Settings > Reading …
Configure the options in the Reading Settings screen as per the screenshot below:
Changing The Number Of Posts On Your Front Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the home page shows your latest 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 post items you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when done…
How To Specify The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page
If you are using your WP 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 blog posts that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished …
Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see your most recent 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 amount of blog posts you want to display on your site’s blog page.
If you are learning how to use WordPress, you may also find the following topic-related posts useful:
- How To Select A Specific WordPress Page As The Website’s Home Page
- How To Create A Blog In WordPress
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