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 How Many Published Blog Items Display On Your WordPress Blog Page - Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent blog posts on the main page, unless you set a specific page as a front page.

Tutorial - Specifying How Many Published Blog Post Items Display On Your WP Blog Page

In a separate article, we have also covered how to create a WordPress blog page to display your latest published articles.

Regardless of your choice to have posts 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. ‘1’, ’7’, ‘9’ etc.)

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

Tutorial: Specifying How Many Published Blog Items Show On Your Blog Page

The ability to set the number of blog posts will display on your blog page is useful.

For example, you can display only the latest single post you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you promote a different time-sensitive offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a monthly office page for updates and announcements, etc.

You can also use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …

Changing How Many Published Blog Posts Show Up On Your Blog Page: Tutorial

Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to set the number of blog posts that you want to display on main blog page.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to specify the number of posts to show on your blog page.

Setting The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your Blog

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many published posts you want displayed on your blog page.

Useful Tip

How many entries you want to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Changing The Number Of Published Blog Post Items To Display On Your WordPress Blog

Note: Choose 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 how many blog post entries you want to have showing on the blog page of your WP web site, go to the WordPress navigation menu and choose Settings > Reading

How To Specify The Number Of Entries Showing On Your WP Blog: Tutorial

Configure the options in the Reading Settings screen as per the screenshot below:

Changing The Number Of Posts On Your Front Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the home page shows your latest posts, then set your options as shown 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 you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done…

Tutorial: How To Specify How Many Posts Show On Your Blog Page

How To Specify The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your most recent post entries show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown 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 blog posts that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished …

Changing The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your WP Blog - Tutorial

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see your most recent published articles displayed either on your front page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Changing The Number Of Blog Posts Showing On Your WP Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Tip

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 posts you want to display on your site’s blog page.

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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