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.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Changing How Many Blog Post Entries Display On Your Blog PageAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest published posts on the home page, unless you fix a page as a home page.

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Setting How Many Published Blog Post Items Show Up On Your Blog

In a previous post, we also address how to create a WordPress blog page to display your latest published articles.

Whether you choose to make blog posts on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of blog posts to show up on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘9’ etc.)

Your website will then display posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of items you have specified, even if your website contains more blog posts than the number of posts you have set to display …

How To Set How Many Blog Posts Show Up On Your Blog Page - Tutorial

Having the ability to set how many post items display on your site has a number of practical uses.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest blog post you have published. This is useful for example, if you are promoting a different expiring offer each month, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly office page for 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 …

Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Entries Showing On Your WP Blog

Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of blog posts to display on main blog page.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to specify the number of posts will show up on your blog page.

Setting The Number Of Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog Page

WordPress lets you choose how many published posts you would like to have displaying on the blog page of your web site.

Tip

How many entries you want to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

How To Set The Number Of Published Posts Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page: Tutorial

Note: Pick a sensible setting that won’t overload 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 published blog posts you want to have showing on the blog page of your WP site, go to the WordPress navigation menu and select Settings > Reading

How To Change The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your Blog Page - Tutorial

Configure your settings in the Reading Settings panel as per the screenshot below:

Changing The Number Of Posts On Your Home Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the main page shows your most recent blog posts, then set your options 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 blog post entries that you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done…

Specifying The Number Of Published Blog Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Specifying The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress 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 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 post entries that you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings …

Tutorial - How To Specify The Number Of Published Blog Items Displayed On Your WordPress Blog

Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see blog post entries displayed either on your main page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Tutorial - Setting How Many Blog Post Entries Show On Your 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 blog posts you want to have showing on the blog page of your site.

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