As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest posts on the front page, unless you specify a page as a main page.
In a previous tutorial, we also cover how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest blog post entries.
Whether you choose to make your most recently published blog post entries appear on your main page or your blog page, WordPress lets you specify the number of items to show up on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’12’ etc.)
Your website will then display your latest blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have specified, even if your website contains more posts than the number of items you have set to display …
The ability to set the number of posts can display on your WordPress site can be useful.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest single post you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you are promoting a different expiring offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly corporate page for updates and announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this feature to fill an ugly space on your blog page if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to specify the number of blog posts that you want to show on main blog page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to change the number of blog posts you want to display on your blog page.
How To Specify The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many published posts you would like displayed on the blog page.
How many entries you want displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …
Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the content loads on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of posts displayed.
To specify the number of blog post entries you want to display on your site’s blog page site, select Settings > Reading from the WP navigation menu …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings page as shown below:
How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Main Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page shows your newest blog 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 blog posts that you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings…
How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page
If you are using your WP site as a website, where the home page displays a fixed page and your most recent post entries show up 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 items you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see your most recently published articles showing 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 published blog post entries you want displayed on the blog page of your web site.
If you are new to WordPress, you may also find the following related posts useful:
- How To Make Any WordPress Page You Want Become The Home Page Of Your Website
- How To Create A Blog In WordPress
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