As we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent post entries on the front page, unless you specify a page as the front page.
In a previously published tutorial, we also discussed how to create a blog page to display your latest published articles.
Regardless of your choice to have blog posts on your front page or your blog page, WordPress lets you set a specific number of blog posts to appear on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ‘3’, ’12’ etc.)
Your website will then display your most recent published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have specified, even if your website or blog contains more blog posts than the number you have set to display …
Being able to specify how many post items will display on your web site has a number of uses.
For example, you can display only the most recent post you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly team page for updates and announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of posts that will show on your blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how to change how many blog post entries you want to show up on your blog.
Changing The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page
WordPress allows you to specify how many published posts you want displayed on the blog page.
The number of blog posts you want to display is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …
Note: We recommend selecting a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the amount of items displayed on your blog page.
To specify the number of published blog post entries you would like to show on your site’s blog page web site, go to your WP admin menu and click on Settings > Reading …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings page as shown below:
How To Edit The Number Of Posts On Your Home Page
If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your most recent posts, then edit your settings 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 displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished…
To Change The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your latest published posts display on a separate blog page, then edit your settings as described 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 that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done to update your settings …
Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see your most recently published blog post entries displayed either on your front 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 blog post entries you would like displayed on the blog page.
If you are new to WordPress, you may also find the following related posts useful:
- How To Make A WordPress Page Your Static Front Page
- How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts
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