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 fix a page as a static main page.
In a previous article, we have also addressed how to create a blog page to show your most recent blog post entries.
Regardless of your choice to have blog post entries on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of blog posts to display on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’4’, ’15’ etc.)
Your site will then display blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have set, even if your web site contains more posts than the number of posts set to display …
The ability to specify how many blog posts display on your blog page has a number of uses.
For example, you can display only the latest single blog post item you have published. This is useful for example, if you want to send your readers to a different time-sensitive offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly office page for announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to specify the number of posts that will display on your blog page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to specify the number of blog posts to display on your site’s blog page.
How To Set The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog Page
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to choose how many published blog posts you want to have showing on the blog page of your web site.
The number of posts you would like 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 entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of posts displayed.
To set how many blog posts you would like to show on the blog page of your WP website, choose Settings > Reading from the WP admin menu …
Configure the options in the Reading Settings section as shown below:
Modifying The Number Of Posts On The Home Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your newest published blog content, then edit your settings 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 posts you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings…
How To Edit The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page
If you are using your WP site as a website, where the home page shows a fixed page and your latest published content display on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown 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 blog posts you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see blog posts showing either on your main 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 change the amount of posts you would like to display on the blog page of your website.
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