As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent published entries on the home page, unless you fix a page as a front page.
In another article, we also show you how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published entries.
Regardless of your choice to make blog post entries on your main page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of items to show up on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’7’, ’12’ etc.)
Your website will then display your most recently published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have specified, even if your WP website or blog contains more blog posts than the number you have set to display …
The ability to specify how many blog post items can display on your WordPress site can be useful.
For example, you can display only the latest post item you have published. This is useful, 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 your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly team page for updates and announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog page if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to set the number of posts that will show on your blog page.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily change the number of blog post entries you want to show up on your blog page.
Changing The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to choose how many blog posts you would like to show on your site’s blog page.
The number of blog posts you want displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this number …
Note: We recommend choosing a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of posts displayed.
To set how many published blog posts you want to display on your site’s blog page website, choose Settings > Reading from the WordPress dashboard menu …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings screen as shown in the screenshot below:
How To Modify The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Front Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page shows your latest post entries, then edit your settings as described 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 to display – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when finished…
Changing The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page
If you are using your WP site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your latest post entries display 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 post entries you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done …
Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see blog posts displayed either on your main 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 change the number of published blog post entries you want to have showing on the blog page of your web site.
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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