As we’ve discussed in other posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest blog posts on the home page, unless you specify a page as the front page.
In another tutorial, we also discuss how to create a blog page to show your most recent published entries.
Whether you choose to have your blog posts on your main page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of blog post entries to appear on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ‘3’, ‘9’ etc.)
Your WP website will then display posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of items you have set, even if your web site contains more posts than the number you have set to display …
Having the ability to specify the number of entries display on your blog page is useful.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest post item you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you promote 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 quarterly office page for updates and announcements, etc.
You can also use this great feature to fill an ugly space on your blog if your sidebar menu is too long …
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 easy it is to set the number of posts you want to show up on your blog.
How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many blog posts you would like to display on the blog page of your web site.
The number of entries you want to display is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …
Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of posts displayed.
To specify the number of published posts you would like to have showing on the blog page of your WordPress web site, select Settings > Reading from your WordPress navigation menu …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings panel as per the screenshot below:
How To Specify The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Home Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page shows your most recent post entries, then set your options 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 post entries that you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when finished…
To Change The Number Of Posts On Your Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the front page is a fixed page and your newest 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 post entries you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when done …
Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog post entries displayed either on your home 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 set the amount of posts you want to display on your WordPress website’s blog page.
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