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 - Setting How Many Entries Show Up On Your WP BlogAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your newest posts on the home page, unless you specify a page as a main page.

Tutorial: Setting How Many Published Blog Post Entries Show On Your Blog Page

In a separate tutorial, we’ve also shown you how to create a blog page to show your latest published posts.

Whether you choose to make your most recent published articles on your home page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of items to display on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’6’, ’10’ etc.)

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Specify How Many Entries Show On Your Blog Page

Being able to set the number of blog post items can display on your web site is useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent blog post item you have published. This is useful, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a different expiring offer each month, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a quarterly office page for announcements, etc.

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

How To Set The Number Of Published Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to set the number of blog posts you want to show up on your blog.

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

WordPress lets you specify how many published blog posts you want to have showing on the blog page of your website.

Tip

How many posts you want displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

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

Note: We recommend that you select a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always increase or decrease the amount of items displayed on your blog page.

To set the number of published blog post entries you want to have displaying on the blog page of your WP website, go to your WordPress navigation menu and choose Settings > Reading

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Items Displayed On Your Blog

Configure the settings in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:

How To Change The Number Of Posts On The Front Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page shows your newest published blog content, 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 post entries that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when done…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Set The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your WordPress Blog

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

If you are using your site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your most recent 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 entries that you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished …

Tutorial: How To Specify The Number Of Published Blog Items Showing On Your Blog

Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see posts showing either on your front page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …

Tutorial - Specifying How Many Entries Show On Your Blog

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 published posts you would like to display on the blog page.

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