As we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest blog posts on the main page, unless you set a specific page as the front page.
In a separate article, we have also covered how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest blog posts.
Whether you choose to have blog post entries on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of blog posts to display on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’15’ etc.)
Your website will then display your newest blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog post entries you have set, even if your WordPress site contains more posts than the number of items set to display …
Being able to set how many blog posts will display on your blog page is useful.
For example, you can display only the latest entry that you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you want to promote a different expiring offer each week, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a weekly social page for updates and announcements, etc.
You can also use this feature to fill an ugly space on your blog page if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to change the number of posts to show on main blog page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to change the number of blog posts to display on your blog.
Specifying The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your WordPress Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to choose how many published posts you want to show on the blog page of your website.
How many posts you would like displayed is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …
Note: Choose a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the number of posts displayed.
To set how many blog posts you would like displayed on your blog page website, go to your WP navigation menu and select Settings > Reading …
Configure your settings in the Reading Settings panel as shown below:
How To Specify The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Front Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the front page displays your newest posts, then set your options as shown below:
- Front page displays: Set this to Your latest posts
- Blog pages show at most: X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of items that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done…
Modifying The Number Of Posts On Your Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the home page displays a fixed page and your newest post entries 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 you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when done …
Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see your most recently published articles displayed either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …
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 published blog post entries you want to have showing on the blog page of your WordPress site.
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