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.

How To Specify The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your WordPress Blog Page - Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent posts on the front page, unless you fix a page as the front page.

Tutorial: How To Specify How Many Published Blog Items Show Up On Your Blog

In a previously published tutorial, we also address how to create a blog page to show your latest published posts.

Whether you choose to make your blog posts on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you set a specific number of items to show up on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’7’, ’15’ etc.)

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

Tutorial: How To Specify How Many Published Blog Post Items Show On Your WordPress Blog

Being able to specify how many post items display on your WordPress site has a number of practical applications.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest post item you have published. This can be handy, if, for example, you want to 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 weekly office page for announcements, etc.

You can also use this great feature to fill an ugly space on your blog page if your sidebar menu is too long …

Changing The Number Of Published Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog: Tutorial

Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to specify the number of blog posts that will show on main blog page.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to change how many blog posts will display on your site’s blog page.

How To Specify The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to specify how many published blog post entries you would like to show on the blog page of your site.

Useful Tip

The number of entries you want displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

Setting How Many Published Blog Items Display On Your Blog Page: Tutorial

Note: 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 number of posts displayed on your blog page.

To specify the number of published blog posts you would like to have showing on the blog page of your WordPress website, go to the WP dashboard menu and select Settings > Reading

Specifying How Many Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WP Blog Page - Tutorial

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

How To Specify The Number Of Posts Showing On The Front Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the front page displays your latest 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 post items that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings…

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

How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the main page shows a fixed page and your latest post entries display on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 items you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Specifying How Many Blog Post Items Show On Your Blog

Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see your most recently published posts displayed either on your main page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …

Tutorial: Setting How Many Published Posts Display On Your WordPress Blog

Tip

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 posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your WP web site.

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