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 …

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Specifying The Number Of Published Blog Post Items Showing On Your Blog Page: TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent posts on the front page, unless you set a fixed page as the home page.

Tutorial - Changing The Number Of Posts To Display On Your Blog Page

In another tutorial, we’ve also addressed how to create a blog page to display your most recent published posts.

Whether you choose to have your most recent published articles on your home page or your blog page, you can specify the number of items to show on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’7’, ’15’ etc.)

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

Changing The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your WP Blog Page - Tutorial

Being able to specify the number of blog posts display on your web site can be useful.

For example, you can display only the most recent blog post you have published. This is useful for example, if you want to send your readers to a different expiring offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a quarterly community page for updates and announcements, etc.

Or, you can use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …

Setting The Number Of Published Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog Page - Tutorial

Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to change the number of posts to show on your blog page.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily change the number of blog post entries will show on your blog page.

How To Set The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to specify how many blog post entries you would like listed on your website’s blog page.

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The number of posts you want displayed is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …

Changing How Many Published Posts Show Up On Your WordPress Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Note: Pick 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.

To specify how many blog posts you want displayed on your website’s blog page website, go to your WP admin menu and click on Settings > Reading

Specifying The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your Blog: Tutorial

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

Specifying The Number Of Posts On The Main Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the main page displays your latest 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 blog post entries that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done…

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

How To Modify The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your most recent 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 post entries you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done to update your settings …

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

Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see your most recently published articles showing either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Changing The Number Of Published Posts Displayed On Your Blog: Tutorial

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To learn how to change the length of your post excerpts, see the tutorial below:

Congratulations! Now you know how to change the amount of blog posts you want listed on the blog page of your website.

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